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Rule breaking cyclists targeted by Manchester police

Rule breaking cyclists targeted by Manchester police

BBC Radio Five Live asks: Is it time to get tougher with cyclists on our roads? Officers in Manchester city centre last night stopped more than 20 cyclists as part of Operation Considerate, an initiative to improve road safety in Manchester. Officers say the intention is to educate all road users, including cyclists.

BBC Radio 5 Live (link is external) was on the scene with Police Community Support Officer, Gareth Walker, as he issued a £50 fixed penalty notice to a cyclist who had been riding on the pavement. The cyclist – a student who described the fine as ‘crippling’ – was offered the chance to complete the Safe Ride Safe Road online course for £30 in lieu of the fine.

Walker reiterated the message from Robert Goodwill, the transport minister, who has said that cyclists may ride on the pavement provided they don’t put pedestrians in danger. Walker said that officers look at the way the cyclist is riding and if in their opinion it is unsafe and inconsiderate, they will intervene. As one example, he pointed out that police had received complaints from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital about cyclists on the adjacent footpath.

Inspector Paul Rowe, who […]

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