Police report soaring complaints over speeding cyclists in Ipswich town centre
PUBLISHED: 16:32 29 June 2017
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Police officers in Ipswich town centre have said they are getting "more and more complaints about inconsiderate cycling through the town" as soaring numbers of speeding cyclists are being reported.
Suffolk Constabulary’s Ipswich central safer neighbourhood team reported in its June newsletter that its officers were increasingly been told about cyclists in the town centre who were going at excessive speeds, or cycling in pedestrian-only areas.
The newsletter said: “We are getting more and more complaints about inconsiderate cycling through the town.
“Cycling is allowed through Westgate Street, Tavern Street and Buttermarket, however we would ask that cyclists and pedestrians respect each other in these areas.
“Cycling through the town centre at speed is not acceptable and could cause accidents.
“Cycling is only permitted on pavements where there is a clearly marked cycle path.
“If there is no cycle path, cyclists are expected to use the main roadway, ensuring that they do so safely and observe all road signs, lights and junctions.”
Among some of the problem areas identified are busy pedestrian streets such as Westgate Street and Tavern Street, as well as Buttermarket and Museum Street.
Officers have now said they will take action against those who are not considerate, and urged cyclists to think about children, those with sight problems and other vulnerable people on pavements.
Sergeant Vicky McParland said: “Public safety is always our main priority and we urge cyclists to be considerate of other road users, particularly vulnerable pedestrians such as children, those with mobility issues and the blind or partially-sighted and even other cyclists.
“All bicycles must be fitted with a bell, so ring it if you think people aren’t aware of you approaching.
“Please use your bicycles considerately and follow the rules of the Highway Code. You wouldn’t dream of cycling head-on into traffic, so don’t cycle head-on into pedestrians.
“Whilst we understand there is a combination of road and pavement cycle paths in Ipswich which cyclists share with pedestrians, we will take action against those who travel without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others.”