Complaints surge after cyclists and pedestrians clash in Lincoln

Lincolnshire Police have issued a reminder to cyclists after a number of pedestrians complained of frights and collisions on Lincoln pathways.

Reports came from people primarily in the Glebe Park area of the city and related mostly to adult cyclists who have been riding on the pavement.

Officers say complaints ranged from cyclists scaring pedestrians by approaching from behind to actual crashes with people walking on the path and verbal abuse.

PCSO Guy McCusker, of the Glebe Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would like to remind members of the public that riding a bicycle on a pavement/footpath designated for pedestrians is an offence under the Highways Act 1835, Section 72. This offence attracts a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £50.00.

“These rules are in place for the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and drivers and where safe we expect people not to be riding on the pavement.

“If you do have to ride on a pavement that is not a designated cycle path, please be courteous to pedestrians, let them know you are there, allow plenty of space to pass, even consider dismounting especially at busy junctions.

“As the weather is starting to brighten we expect to see more people out and about on bikes and we ask you to remember that cycling on the pavement is an offence and you could find yourself fined £50 if caught doing so.”