Cyclists in pedestrian zones face crackdown
CYCLISTS who fail to dismount in Derby's pedestrian zones are being targeted in a police and city council campaign.
A two-week crackdown, starting on Monday, will see officers talk to cyclists who fail to respect "no-vehicle" zones.
The move follow complaints from disabled and older people about cyclists in pedestrianised areas.
Last month the Derby Telegraph revealed that signs were be going up in parts of the city reminding cyclists to dismount.
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Now cyclists spotted ignoring the signs will given maps showing the roads and paths they can use. The aim of the campaign, which runs until August 13, is to improve cyclists' awareness.
Councillor Chris Poulter, cabinet member for neighbourhoods said: "Anyone caught riding a bike through a no-vehicle area can be issued with a £30 fixed penalty notice.
"The aim is not to catch people out but to raise cyclists' awareness about the concerns of disabled people and others and warn them of the consequences of irresponsible and dangerous cycling in these areas.
"Some businesses have also told us they feel this is a problem. We know that the majority of cyclists are lawful, and it is just a small number who are not respecting the no-vehicle traffic orders."
Lynn Johnston from the council-led cycling project, Cycle Derby, said: "Cyclists should be aware that there are far more legal ways to get through the city centre than they may have expected.
"With the opening of the new inner ring road there are even more options for cyclists.
"In addition, the public realm works currently ongoing at Cheapside, Wardwick, Strand and the Morledge will make the city even more attractive and convenient for people using two wheels."
Sergeant Nick Allgood, of Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Team, said cyclists should be aware of no entry signs that are already in the city centre but added more posters would be going up warning of restrictions.
He said: "Ignorance is no defence when it comes to the safety of the public."