Police target cyclists

Police have pledged to crack down on pavement cycling
Police have pledged to crack down on pavement cycling

POLICE in South Fylde are reminding cyclists that it is an offence to ride a bike on the pavement, after concerns were raised by residents.

The issue has been raised on numerous occasions at PACT meetings with Fylde Neighbourhood Policing Officers in the Lytham and St Annes area and as a result police on the South Fylde area are going to enforce the powers they have.

Fylde Co-Ordinator Sergeant Peter Hannon said: “Cyclists riding on pavements poses a danger to pedestrians and a nuisance.

“It is an offence to ride a bike on the pavement and carries an on the spot £30 fine for the cyclist. In an effort to deter this anti-social problem patrol officers will be actively looking for persons cycling on the pavements and the local Road Traffic Operation Pathway will be widened to cover this offence.

“Operation Astride has been successful in reducing the numbers of cyclists riding on the pavement in Kirkham and this again will be widened to cover the Fylde Coast.

“The aim of this operation is to reassure residents on the Fylde Coast that police take their concerns seriously and will act on them when appropriate.”