Crackdown on cycle yobs in Welwyn Garden City
A CRACKDOWN on cyclists riding on pavements has been launched by the Welwyn Garden City town centre.
Safer neighbourhood officers launched the clampdown after a rise in what they dubbed “anti-social cycling” complaints from residents.
Pcso Kate Blenkin said: “It is the single most common complaint we hear in the town centre.
“We don’t want to deter cyclists, as it is a healthy and more environmentally friendly alternative to driving a car, but we will target those who ride irresponsibly.”
Officers warned yobs caught riding on the pavement they could be slapped with on the spot �30 fine.
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If cyclists refuse to accept a fixed penalty ticket, they could be summoned to court for prosecution.
Police cited an attack on a man who was hit on the shoulder by a cyclist in Howardsgate and a Pcso was abused by two riders for asking them to get off their bikes because of their “anti-social cycling”.
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Pcso Blenkin added: “Cycling on pavements is dangerous, anti-social and unpopular with pedestrians who have to negotiate bikes using the pavement.”