Crackdown on cyclists in pedestrian area

Cycling is restricted in pedestrianised areas of Mansfield Town Centre
Cycling is restricted in pedestrianised areas of Mansfield Town Centre

Cyclists are to be targeted in a council crackdown to make Mansfield's pedestrianised streets safer in the run-up to Christmas.

Starting on Saturday 30 November, six Mansfield District Council Neighbourhood Wardens will be on patrol on four Saturdays before Christmas to enforce the cycling ban in the car-free areas of the town centre.

The crackdown will happen between 10am to 4pm on 30 November,  7 December, 14 December and 21 December and will be supported by the council's CCTV team.

David Evans, head of Health and Communities at the council, said: "It is clearly dangerous to cycle through busy streets that are full of people doing their shopping.

"We get a lot of complaints at the council from members of the public about this and there have been incidents where pedestrians have been injured by cyclists, too.

"The main aims of these days of action are to deter people from flouting the cycling restrictions and to improve the safety of pedestrians on some of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"It will support the council's wider agendas of Place and Wellbeing by helping to make Mansfield a welcoming and safe place for both visitors and residents."

The council's Public Spaces Restriction Order prohibits cycling in the pedestrianised streets of the town centre between 10am and 6pm,  seven days a week.

The PSPO allows authorised people, including the council's Neighbourhod Wardens, to order people seen cycling through restricted areas at prohibited times, to dismount and push their bikes until they are out of the restricted zone. If a cyclist refuses to comply they can be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Published: November 21st 2019