Councillor urges crackdown on pavement cycling in Bishopston
A Lib Dem city councillor has challenged the new police commissioner to crack down on dangerous cycling in his ward.
David Willingham who represents Bishopston, said residents regularly raise the issue at neighbourhood forum meetings.
Mr Willingham said: "Bristol enjoys the accolade of being a Cycling City and much has been done by the city council to encourage and promote cycling.
"The vast majority of cyclists are sensible and law-abiding but there is a small minority of them whose behaviour is dangerous and illegal.
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"Many of my constituents find them intimidating.
"The complaints I receive about people cycling on the pavement are often from vulnerable sections of the community."
Mr Willingham has written to Sue Mountstevens and urging her to make anti-social cycling a top priority target for local police.
He has also invited her to visit Bishopston and talk to Gloucester Road traders about their priorities before attending a Neighbourhood Forum to hear from local residents.
A poll for The Post in September showed an overwhelming number of people are against cycling on the city's pavements.
The poll was in response to a campaign by the Bristol Older People's Forum and East Bristol Advice and Information Centres calling for police to take action.
More than 4,000 people voted in the poll with 3,130 of them saying cyclists should not be allowed on pavements.
Sustrans launched a campaign calling on the Government to integrate cycling to school into the national curriculum and giving youngsters training in cycle safety and maintenance. Sustrans says the best way to stop cycling on pavements is to give cyclists better options.