PEDAL POWER: Police crack down on anti-social cycling

Northwich Guardian: PCSOs Mark Howard and Andy Taylor take to the streets on their police bikes. PCSOs Mark Howard and Andy Taylor take to the streets on their police bikes.

POLICE have launched a campaign to reduce anti-social cycling.

The operation to educate and enforce will be rolled out across the Northwich community following an increase in complaints about bikes being ridden on pavements and bikes without lights.

Officers will be looking out for people committing cycling offences so they can offer advice about the rules of the road and enforce the law where necessary.

They will also work with Northwich’s schools to run road safety workshops for pupils.

PCSO Andy Taylor, from Northwich Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU), said: “The offences that the public may not be aware of include ignoring traffic signs, carrying more than one person on a bike and also ignoring a direction to stop from a police officer.”

Officers are also advising cyclists to make sure they have lights on their bikes and are wearing reflective clothing so they are as visible as possible to drivers and pedestrians.

The campaign is being launched in Weaverham after complaints from residents and the parish council.

Then it will be introduced across Northwich town centre and its surrounding areas.

Insp Paul Loughlin, from Northwich NPU, said: “Northwich Police are keen to work with our partners to ensure that all cycle users respect the highway code, stay safe and avoid behaviour which may harm themselves or others.

“We are committed to taking action against the minority who will not heed the warning and choose to ignore the law.”

Cyclists who are caught breaking the law could be fined up to £50.

Insp Loughlin said: “We hope that cyclists in Northwich will acknowledge the risks of dangerous cycling, the impact that this can have on our community and that we can work together to cycle safely over the winter months.”

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7:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Spuddle says...

Thank god for that, as a cyclist I see so many people on bikes giving us a bad rep, they really need to be up at the factories at shift change time
Thank god for that, as a cyclist I see so many people on bikes giving us a bad rep, they really need to be up at the factories at shift change time Spuddle

9:59am Wed 11 Dec 13

ray johnson says...

its about time they go through lights on red, ride the pavements and ride at night with no lights on, they are a nightmare to drivers.....
its about time they go through lights on red, ride the pavements and ride at night with no lights on, they are a nightmare to drivers..... ray johnson

3:14pm Wed 11 Dec 13

northwich_cyclist says...

Good. The more people out there using bikes, the better. Perhaps some experience on two wheels will bring it home to our PCSOs how difficult some bike journeys are in Northwich, especially since the racetrack was built. When traffic is heavy - as it often is these days - then crossing Chesterway (legally), getting from the town centre to the foot of Winnington Street, and getting from the station to Leicester Street are all prime examples of heart-in-mouth rides. I look forward to hearing the advice of any survivors.
Good. The more people out there using bikes, the better. Perhaps some experience on two wheels will bring it home to our PCSOs how difficult some bike journeys are in Northwich, especially since the racetrack was built. When traffic is heavy - as it often is these days - then crossing Chesterway (legally), getting from the town centre to the foot of Winnington Street, and getting from the station to Leicester Street are all prime examples of heart-in-mouth rides. I look forward to hearing the advice of any survivors. northwich_cyclist

5:01pm Thu 12 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

The police need to be on Middlewich Road Rudheath when the shift change happens at Morrisons there are more bikes on the pavement than on the road,
The police need to be on Middlewich Road Rudheath when the shift change happens at Morrisons there are more bikes on the pavement than on the road, GOFFY

11:30am Fri 13 Dec 13

James86 says...

I'm a cyclist in Northwich, sometimes you are forced to ride on the pavement as drivers around the town pay no attention to you on the road. I've nearly been run over by cars and buses many times due to the extreme lack of cycle lanes in Northwich (town council, you are seriously lagging behind the times here) and the surrounding villages (3 metres of a cycle lane at the odd junction is NOT enough). It is much safer for us to ride on the pavement where there are not pedestrians around. Obviously for those riders who do ride on the pavement when there are a lot of pedestrians, that isn't safe cycling.
Cars never leave room for you to pass by on the inside when they are stopped at lights, so then you are forced to overtake them which is even more dangerous. Also cars never leave you enough room to pass parked cars correctly (leaving enough room for the odd door that might swing open). I've been verbally abused and had rude gestures shown to me many times by those who think they own the road. I'm a driver, pay my road tax, and have just as much of a right to ride how and where I want.
If a police officer fined me for riding on the pavement I'd have to just laugh at him, I know where it is safe to ride, the town doesn't provide any safe cycling at all so its up to the cyclists to do it themselves.
I'm a cyclist in Northwich, sometimes you are forced to ride on the pavement as drivers around the town pay no attention to you on the road. I've nearly been run over by cars and buses many times due to the extreme lack of cycle lanes in Northwich (town council, you are seriously lagging behind the times here) and the surrounding villages (3 metres of a cycle lane at the odd junction is NOT enough). It is much safer for us to ride on the pavement where there are not pedestrians around. Obviously for those riders who do ride on the pavement when there are a lot of pedestrians, that isn't safe cycling. Cars never leave room for you to pass by on the inside when they are stopped at lights, so then you are forced to overtake them which is even more dangerous. Also cars never leave you enough room to pass parked cars correctly (leaving enough room for the odd door that might swing open). I've been verbally abused and had rude gestures shown to me many times by those who think they own the road. I'm a driver, pay my road tax, and have just as much of a right to ride how and where I want. If a police officer fined me for riding on the pavement I'd have to just laugh at him, I know where it is safe to ride, the town doesn't provide any safe cycling at all so its up to the cyclists to do it themselves. James86

12:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

James86 you are wrong in your criticism of Northwich town council they have no control of highways, it is CWAC who you should be criticising.
James86 you are wrong in your criticism of Northwich town council they have no control of highways, it is CWAC who you should be criticising. GOFFY

12:51pm Fri 13 Dec 13

I.A.M. Concerned says...

What I think would be a sensible thing to do, is for all road cyclists to be bound to have insurance to ride on the roads as other road users have to do. Cyclists can be dangerous, especially on busy roads. Also I think they should pay a nominal road tax each year to help find the cycle lanes and cycle boxes you see at traffic light junctions. Fair's fair, if you want to use the roads you have to pay and make sure you are safe.
What I think would be a sensible thing to do, is for all road cyclists to be bound to have insurance to ride on the roads as other road users have to do. Cyclists can be dangerous, especially on busy roads. Also I think they should pay a nominal road tax each year to help find the cycle lanes and cycle boxes you see at traffic light junctions. Fair's fair, if you want to use the roads you have to pay and make sure you are safe. I.A.M. Concerned

1:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

James86 says...

I.A.M. Concerned wrote:
What I think would be a sensible thing to do, is for all road cyclists to be bound to have insurance to ride on the roads as other road users have to do. Cyclists can be dangerous, especially on busy roads. Also I think they should pay a nominal road tax each year to help find the cycle lanes and cycle boxes you see at traffic light junctions. Fair's fair, if you want to use the roads you have to pay and make sure you are safe.
Goffy: Ok, fair point. Apologies for the mix up.

And I.A.M. Concerned: That's ridiculous, what, you're going to make all the teenagers and kids that ride bikes pay road tax and insurance too? The country's reliance on insurance is stupid enough as it is. And instead of making me people pay more tax (sorry, but I pay through the teeth for road Tax, and fuel duty as it it) how about making the gov' actually use the money that people pay on road tax on the roads, rather than the current spending about a fifth of it (yes, that is a fact believe it or not, being British we just sit n take it that kind of BS though). There's more than enough money in the system to pay for an advanced cycle network, it's just making the council get off their fat arses and actually do something sensible and useful for a change.
[quote][p][bold]I.A.M. Concerned[/bold] wrote: What I think would be a sensible thing to do, is for all road cyclists to be bound to have insurance to ride on the roads as other road users have to do. Cyclists can be dangerous, especially on busy roads. Also I think they should pay a nominal road tax each year to help find the cycle lanes and cycle boxes you see at traffic light junctions. Fair's fair, if you want to use the roads you have to pay and make sure you are safe.[/p][/quote]Goffy: Ok, fair point. Apologies for the mix up. And I.A.M. Concerned: That's ridiculous, what, you're going to make all the teenagers and kids that ride bikes pay road tax and insurance too? The country's reliance on insurance is stupid enough as it is. And instead of making me people pay more tax (sorry, but I pay through the teeth for road Tax, and fuel duty as it it) how about making the gov' actually use the money that people pay on road tax on the roads, rather than the current spending about a fifth of it (yes, that is a fact believe it or not, being British we just sit n take it that kind of BS though). There's more than enough money in the system to pay for an advanced cycle network, it's just making the council get off their fat arses and actually do something sensible and useful for a change. James86

3:17pm Sat 14 Dec 13

INEEDTOSAYTHIS says...

two abreast riding together needs to be banned.
two abreast riding together needs to be banned. INEEDTOSAYTHIS

8:19am Tue 17 Dec 13

northwich_cyclist says...

Two points of clarification; no one pays "road tax", there is no such thing. There is only "vehicle excise duty", which is a charge based on the amount of pollution your vehicle creates. You might want to make cyclists pay this charge, but then you'd have to charge pedestrians too. Second, like many regular cyclists, I carry third party liability insurance that covers me if I cause an accident. It is extremely cheap, as the risk of a cyclist causing damage or injury is incredibly small. Some cyclists are dangerous, yes. Mostly when they get into their cars.
Two points of clarification; no one pays "road tax", there is no such thing. There is only "vehicle excise duty", which is a charge based on the amount of pollution your vehicle creates. You might want to make cyclists pay this charge, but then you'd have to charge pedestrians too. Second, like many regular cyclists, I carry third party liability insurance that covers me if I cause an accident. It is extremely cheap, as the risk of a cyclist causing damage or injury is incredibly small. Some cyclists are dangerous, yes. Mostly when they get into their cars. northwich_cyclist

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