Police tackle problem cyclists

CYCLISTS who flout the law by riding on footpaths are the subject of crackdown in the Felixstowe area today.

CYCLISTS who flout the law by riding on footpaths are the subject of crackdown in the Felixstowe area today.

Suffolk police has stopped more than 100 cyclists caught cycling on footpaths in the area in the past two months.

Over the next few weeks the force will be moving onto the enforcement phase of the campaign in which fixed penalty notices will be given out.

Felixstowe neighbourhood inspector Steve Gallant said: “Cycling on footpaths is an issue that we receive regular complaints about and is obviously a concern to local residents, so we decided to initiate a campaign to try to highlight the problem and tackle those committing the offence.

“After giving advice to a substantial number of people we will now be issuing fixed penalty tickets to anyone who continues to ignore the legislation, in a bid to deter cyclists from riding on pavements, which can cause distress and even injury to pedestrians using the pavements.”

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