Campaigner photographs cyclists on pavements
A CAMPAIGNER championing a ban on cycling on pavements has captured culprits on camera.
Ruth Bailey, a member of Bristol Older People's Forum, believes the Haymarket is a hotspot for cyclists causing a nuisance on pavements.
The Post has previously reported that 70-year-old Mrs Bailey launched a campaign against the "blight" of cyclists using the pavement and called on other forum members to get involved.
She spent an hour outside Primark and Debenhams last Saturday afternoon and took pictures, seen by the Post, of 18 cyclists using the pavement during that time. Mrs Bailey said she also saw another six cyclists, whom she did not manage to catch on film, during her time in Broadmead.
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Mrs Bailey, of Cotham, called for a crackdown on cycling on pavements after meeting a woman whose leg was broken when she was knocked down by a cyclist while waiting at a pedestrian crossing on Bond Street.
She said that it can sometimes be difficult for older people to move out of the way of cyclists on pavements.
"I am concerned about safety on the pavements," Mrs Bailey said.
"I am especially concerned about pedestrian areas such as Broadmead. Near Primark and Debenhams, cyclists come racing through where there are queues at the bus stops.
"When I was there on Saturday there was someone cycling one-handed carrying bags while on the phone.
"They weave in and out, and get so close to pedestrians. I have got an arthritic knee, and if you have got a stiff knee you may be able to see something coming towards you but cannot jump this way or that to get out of their way. It is the same for people who are blind or cannot hear very well."
City council spokeswoman Kate Hartas confirmed that the stretch of pavement outside Primark and Debenhams is not a shared space for cyclists to use.
"There is a cycle lane that goes through the side of Primark that is segregated," she said. "People should not cycle through Broadmead, as that is not a shared space because of the shoppers wandering around.
"Anywhere that is a shared spaced is marked in one way or another, whether it is road signs or plaques in the paving."
She said that in areas where cycling on pavements is problematic the police can take action, and the council had worked with them on enforcement of the law in the past.
Bristol Older People's Forum, which has also been backed in its campaign by East Bristol Advice and Information Centres, has invited representatives from Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol-based cycling charity Sustrans to discuss the matter.