LETTER: Time to fine danger cyclists

It always amazes me when I read about people being knocked over by people on bikes riding on what is a pedestrian area. We have a law that states they must not and can be fined up to £500 for doing – but when do we see this being carried out?

I want to see the headlines in a newspaper, local or national, saying ‘Cyclist fined £500 for riding on the pavement’. Perhaps that would make them think twice.

We are always being told ‘think bike’, but how about the other way around? As a cyclist you should always be aware that the rules of the road apply to you as much as the motorist, such as signalling your intentions and in good time, having lights on your bike at night, not wearing dark clothing particularly at night, not riding in the middle of the road and so on – things we see every day.

Two children have been knocked over outside their own front door recently and injured. We have had incidents in Eastbourne of people being knocked over on the seafront yet nothing seems to be done about it. A bike being ridden at speed is a dangerous object and can injure people badly and in some cases kill. Let’s not wait for this to happen but clamp down on these people who ride on the pavement and in shopping pedestrian areas only.

As far as I am concerned in the majority of cases the motorist is going out of his way for cyclists but not the other way around. I saw a cyclist and a member of a cycling club come around a corner on a bike at speed because he did not want to wait for the traffic lights to change. If he had hit someone he could have hurt them badly. It is up to cycle clubs to make sure their members do abide by the laws of the road. They pay nothing to use the road, they do not have insurance and so when an accident occurs its always the motorist or in the case of the two children knocked down their fault and not the cyclist who was entirely at fault. Come on, Eastbourne Police – show the way to the rest of the country and fine these people or take them to court. I believe the law concerning this goes back to 1835. This is 2015 so let’s act.

Alan Cooper

Bakers Farm Park


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