Sharp Decline In Local Fines Issued For Cycling On Pavements
There were none issued in the borough in the last ten months
The number of cyclists fined for using the pavements across the borough of Hounslow has dropped sharply according to new figures.
There were no fines issued in the borough in the last ten months, compared to 124 penalty notices for cycling on pavements in 2013/14 in the borough and 46 were issued for 2014/15.
Cyclist on pavement
The decline seems to be general across the capital as a whole the number of penalty notices fell from 5,003 in 2013/14 to only 406 to date in 2015/16 despite increasing numbers of cyclists on London’s streets. There were only two PCNs issued in Ealing. The figures are calculated until the end of March each year.
We have asked the police for comment.
London Assembly Member, Murad Qureshi warned that the small minority of cyclists who rode on pavements were putting pedestrians at risk and called for more action to enforce the rules.
Mr Qureshi AM said, “With more cyclists than ever on London’s streets the number of fines issued to pavement hopping cyclists has nose-dived. In Hounslow, fines have dropped to zero in just two years, that’s a real problem, particularly with the number of pedestrians around.
“This kind of thoughtless behaviour from an incredibly small minority of cyclists endangers pedestrians who have a right to feel safe on the footpaths in just the same way cyclists should on the roads.
“It can be incredibly scary for pedestrians to see a bike hurtling down a footpath towards them. Unless there are the police and PCSOs around, out on the beat enforcing these rules then the small minority of offenders will continue to break the rules.”
January 22, 2016