Police crackdown on people who ride along the pavements

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CYCLISTS in Wigan are being warned they well be fined for riding on pavements following a crackdown by Greater Manchester Police.

GMP say hundreds have been fined over the past year and more will follow as officers try to

Those prosecuted last year were taken to magistrates courts in Greater Manchester under the Highways Act 1835. The figures were released under Freedom of Information by the CPS, although prosecutors say the decisions in each case were taken by police.

And hundreds of £30 fixed penalty notices have been handed by the police across the region, with 14 people even brought before magistrates.

Figures released by GMP show that between 2005-2009 1,288 people were fined for cycling on pavements, with 251 people fined in 2009 alone.

But cycling groups have urged common sense to prevail when it comes to clamping down on pavement use.

Peter Able, from the Greater Manchester Love Your Bike campaign, urged authorities to resort to the courts only in the worst cases.

He said: “We don’t know the details of all the prosecutions. The law is clear that adults should not use cycles on footpaths.

“I think common sense needs to apply.

“If someone is elderly and has pulled onto a pavement on a quiet road to take a short cut and is travelling at six mph, it’s a very different offence to someone who’s bombing past pedestrians in a reckless fashion.

“I think cyclists should be offered the choice of a fine or a cycle training courses, similar to drivers who are caught speeding. We recognise the fact that pavements are for people, not cyclists, but there are some cases where elderly or young cyclists might be frightened to go on the roads, particularly at dangerous stretches.”