Meeting calls for action over pavement cyclists
PENSIONERS packed into a meeting to call for police officers to do more to stop cycling on pavements.
Members of Bristol Older People's Forum gathered at the Malcolm X Centre in St Paul's yesterday and showed their support for the organisation's campaign for a crackdown on pavement cycling.
Speakers at the public session included Avon and Somerset Police officers and John Usher from cycling charity Sustrans.
Jim Stagg, 79, said: "They cycle on the pavement to get around quicker, avoid traffic lights, signs and everything else. The police do nothing. I have drawn their attention to this in Broadmead. The police walking the streets see these things and don't do anything about it."
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Speaking afterwards, Mr Stagg said: "Cycling is a countrywide problem. I have had some near-misses myself and have spoken to cyclists and pointed out the road where they should be."
Alan Pratley, of Ashton Vale, told police officers at the meeting: "You should be upholding the law and the law is that cyclists should not be cycling on the pavement, but the police are turning a blind eye when they see it."
Afterwards, the 64-year-old said: "One of the worst places for me is the Centre because it is shared space and cyclists are allowed on the pavements. There should be proper marked out lanes for them so everyone knows where they stand."
A member of the forum, which has 2,700 members, said that her mobile phone had been thrown to the ground after she had attempted to capture an anti-social cyclist on camera.
But John Usher of cycling charity Sustrans defended cyclists.
"There are irresponsible cyclists in the same way there are irresponsible motorists and irresponsible pedestrians," he said.
He pointed out that in all but one case, pedestrians killed on Bristol's roads were the result of incidents involving motor vehicles rather than cyclists. He admitted there was not data available for injuries suffered by pedestrians as a result of irresponsible cyclists.
"We should be working towards getting the council to put more investment into making cycling safer," Mr Usher said to the meeting.
Chris Pratley, 62, said: "We have complained about cyclists riding on the pavements in Bedminster.
"I don't think they should be spending any more money on helping cyclists when there are cuts."
Another woman said: "What we want is for irresponsible cyclists to get off their bikes and walk on the pavement."
Chairwoman of Bristol Older People's Forum, Judith Brown, said: "If it is illegal to ride on pavements, I'm old-fashioned and don't think they should be doing it.
"I think if you have to register a car it is fair to register a bike."
PC Roger Ibrahim told the meeting that cycling on pavements was considered at the discretion of officers but that if people had particular concerns they should raise them at their neighbourhood policing forums.