Former mayor attacks “inconsiderate and illegal use” of pavements by cyclists and says police action against them is dismal

FORMER mayor Jonathan Farmer criticised cyclists who he claims are making pavements dangerous by their “inconsiderate and illegal use” of them.

Councillor Farmer rejected claims on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website Shape Your Place that pedestrians should exercise care on pavements.

“Most cyclists in Wisbech ride on the pavement illegally with little or no regard for the safety of pedestrians,” he said.

“The police record for prosecuting cyclists for riding on pavements is dismal despite the prevalence of offenders.”

He said: “There is no reason why a pedestrian should exercise any care when they are on the pavement.

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“Pavements have only been made dangerous by inconsiderate and illegal use by cyclists who are more concerned about maintaining their own personal safety than that of others.”

His comments came during a heated on line debate after the county council said it is to convert the footway on the northern side of Weasenham Lane into a dual use cycle/footway.

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Cllr Farmer insists some cyclists are “simply disregarding the safety of the very young, people walking with dogs, the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, the blind, and the deaf whose only safe haven is the pavement.

“The solution when a road is too dangerous is either to slow down, or get off and push your bike, not to take over the pavement and deprive people who are less fortunate of their only safe means of getting about.

“The fact that some cyclists ride too fast and do not look where they are going is exemplified by the surprisingly large numbers who run into stationary vehicles or skips.”

Cllr Farmer added that “most cyclists have never bothered to take the Cycling Proficiency Test and then complain about motorists who have been examined on traffic law and are required to have insurance.”

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