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Police target anti-social cyclists in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

close eye: PC Mark Evans and Special Constable Deborah Powell warn cyclists in Gloucester.

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POLICE are putting the brakes on anti-social cyclists who are ignoring the law in Gloucester.

They are banned from pedalling along the Gate streets in the city centre between 10am and 5pm. But Gloucestershire Constabulary say cyclists flouting the rules is one of the most reported crimes in the city centre.

On Saturday officers were at the problem zone to warn cyclists about their actions.

Although no-one was fined, warnings were dished out to a handful of cyclists.

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A police spokesman said: "One of the most regular complaints we receive in the city centre is around cyclists riding on the pedestrianised area.

"That's why we held this weekend's operation and why we are encouraging cycle safety across the board.

"We would just urge riders to consider the dangers they may be presenting to other people and themselves.

"If they don't we are going to be taking robust action and issuing a fine."

In June last year, Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership (GCCCP) volunteers spent 17 hours standing at the Cross and taking note of how many cyclists flouted the law.

During the research they counted an average of 20 cyclists passing through every hour.

Barry Leach, of the GCCCP, said it then improved, but the number cycling through had again deteriorated and had become a safety issue.

"Things have got really bad again," he said.

"There is a big issue on the Gate streets with traffic in general, but cycling in the area has become the biggest issue.

"It needs to be sorted out one way or another."

He added: "There is an issue with the signs, and I think a lot of the issues are as a result of that.

"But then you do get some idiots who ride along extremely quickly dodging pedestrians, and that's when safety issues arise.

"Sometimes you find yourself looking left and right and over your shoulder when it shouldn't be that way in a pedestrianised area.

"I know the police are working hard, and they were out at the weekend, and we fully support them in their work."

In the long run, the GCCCP would like to see cycling permitted all the time through the Gate streets as they feel the large majority of cyclists are cycling in a safe manner.

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  • tishwash  |  November 15 2012, 6:46PM

    @spindles, yeah because every car is patient and waits there turns, heck look at motorways everyone stays in the same lane during congestion.... not.... Oh and every car indicates on the roads .... not. I personally will make sure I am either behind the cars indicating or I will make sure I am in front (if it's a queue of traffic) so that I am not taking any risks, but you are told to always check your mirrors before maneuvering, thus they should see the cyclist

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  • Michael_AH  |  November 14 2012, 7:31PM

    I've nearly been run over by someone in a mobility scooter before, but I don't believe these motorised vehicles should be banned from pedestrian streets. I've cycled on cycle paths and had pedestrians berate me for doing so. I've had car drivers tell me I should be on the pavement when I've been using a cycle route on a road. Not all pedestrians are bad. Not all car drivers are bad. Not all mobility scooter drivers are bad. Same goes for cyclists. Anyone breaking the law should face the consequences, especially drivers who insist on driving into the glorified pedestrian crossing called the 'shared space' at 30mph!

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  • Michael_AH  |  November 14 2012, 7:25PM

    Spindles12, its called filtering and is permitted by the highway code

  • tishwash  |  November 14 2012, 5:36PM

    "tishwash. Exactly, WHY should all these areas be pedestrianised ! I agree , BUT, they are and there always the potential for there to be problems when you mix cyclists and pedestrians ." Today I witnessed a lady going down the prom between the two sets of bollards, perfectly safely at rush hour without affecting any people. So basically people need common sense. "I was in Southgate today and there were cyclists pedalling through at perilous (to the pedestrians) speeds." So again, it depends on the cyclist

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  • Lecorche  |  November 13 2012, 5:55PM

    I was in Southgate today and there were cyclists pedalling through at perilous (to the pedestrians) speeds. Top of the wallies though was the VW car driving out of Westgate into Eastgate and turning left at Primark. Plod was nowhere to be seen.

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  • spindles12  |  November 13 2012, 4:56PM

    I've lost count of the number of times I've been approaching a junction or traffic lights and a cyclist has ridden up the INSIDE of me and up to the front of the queue where it makes a left hand turn on the nearside of a lorry or car that is about to do the same thing. Why don't they just take their turn in the queue and not put themselves and others in danger? The majority, if not all the drivers turning left will have been signalling or if they are in a designated left hand turn lane then it's obvious what they are about to do. Drivers are told to anticipate the actions of others on the road so the same should apply to cyclists. DON'T go up the inside of any vehicle at any time, especially if it is about to make a left turn. If a car passes a cyclist then the driver knows it's there but if the cyclist "creeps up the inside" then it can't always be seen. As for turning right, the only way I can see this accident would happen is if the cyclist was coming towards the car that was turning right. If the car and cyclist are on the same side of the road the cyclist must be out near the middle of the road to be hit mustn't he? If the cyclist is near the kerb then I would have thought that it shouldn't get hit by someone turning right. I know the usual argument put forward by cyclists is that they have to ride away from the kerb because of all the drains etc. but they don't mind using the gutter when it suits them, like not waiting at a red traffic light but inching their way past on the inside so they can get round the corner before the lights turn green (I've seen that a few times too). Of course there are accidents that are caused by bad driving but there must be equally as many that are caused by bad riding, it's not always one sided.

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  • Grahambarker  |  November 13 2012, 4:00PM

    Issue them all with bells and make them mandatory for all new bikes.

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  • Glosstephen  |  November 13 2012, 3:46PM

    Spinlde. Most of the cyclists were killed by car and truck drivers turning left when there was a cylcist inside them them. A smaller number were killed when car driver turned right without checking whether there was a bike coming - they actually killed more motorcyclists this way. So cyclists caused a death once every six month. Car drivers killed cyclists at the rate of 2 a week. I haven't hear of any Chieftain tanks running anyone over in the UK. It is not about size it is about consideration for others and responsibility. Cars are a ton of deadly metal. With a weapon like that comes a degree of responsibility. Truck drivers are far better trained and take their responsibilities far more seriously. I prefer to idle along with pedestrians than get killed or knocked over by a car driver. 3,000 serious injuries is about 10 a day. Just a thought. Why don't you get out of your car and ride a bike around Gloucester for a couple of days and realise just how inconsiderate many car drivers are?

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  • spindles12  |  November 13 2012, 2:47PM

    Oh dear glosstephen,re; your remark:-About 2 people a year are killed by lunatic cyclists in 2012. 107 cyclists were killed by car drivers in 2012 a further 3,000+ were seriously injured on the road. The police should get their priorities right. The odd cyclists in the city centre may be a bit of a nuisance but they do not kill or seriously injure people." A bicycle doesn't weigh as much or go as fast as a car so of course there will be more people killed by cars than are killed by bikes. It's like saying more people are killed by elephants sitting on them than their pet cat, more people are seriously injured or killed by dogs than by being savaged by a mouse or you're much more likely to get killed if you get run over by a Chieftain tank than by a pram. It's all about SIZE. No one likes people being killed in accidents, whether cyclists or car drivers but they do get killed and no priority should be given to prosecuting one more than the other. It would be interesting to know the circumstances behind the deaths of all the cyclists who were killed and whether some of them played a part, however large or small, in their deaths

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  • johnstevens3  |  November 13 2012, 2:27PM

    Have the police nothing better to do with their time in Gloucester. I hear the place is full of crack heads and smack addicts shop lifting to feed their addiction.