Police are turning a blind eye to cyclists in Southend’s High Street after admitting they can’t be stopped.Really? How fast do these cyclists go, FFS!? Can't they bring in the Interceptors?
Although the practice is outlawed, senior cops say there are not enough warning signs about the ban to justify a crackdown.So, the police are now deciding what laws they will and won’t enforce?
It seems they are claiming that part of their problem is the confusion caused by Southend’s own bylaws:
Under the Highway Act 1835, cycling in pedestrianised areas is illegal unless it has been deemed a “shared-use” area by a council.And yet, there are signs prohibiting cycling in the High Street area – I pass them every day, on my way to the train station.
Breaking this rule was made punishable by a fine of £30 by the Government in 1988.
Although the High Street is technically a “shared-use” area, a separate set of Southend bylaws include a restriction on cycling.
However, the thoroughfare is confusingly included in Southend Council’s published cycling routes.
Two minutes searching on Googlemaps proves this: