Avon and Somerset Police have said they are receiving more and more complaints of cyclists riding irresponsibly on the city's roads. The force has released a new leaflet warning cyclists of the penalties for riding dangerously – which can include fines of up to £2,500 and in the most serious cases, a prison sentence.Hurrah, right? Wrong!
But the leaflet has caused a Twitter storm amongst cyclists, who say they believe it to be unfair and single them out from other road users.Ummm…but the specific complaints are about them, specifically. How else can the police do this?
Bristol-based cycling magazine Boneshaker posted the leaflet on Twitter, along with the caption "£2.5k fine! Hope @ASPolice will be handing a motoring equivalent of this to every mobile-using driver, too #cycling"If the police catch someone using their mobile while driving, I hope they do fine them. At least we both agree on that.
One user, @Beztweets, said: "@boneshakermag @ASPolice Nice of them to illustrate it with a massive "no cycles" sign. Really sets the tone."Well, they pretty much have to, since that’s the very sign that complaints say is being ignored…
@Defy_Rider said: "@AlternativeDfT @boneshakermag odd, as a motorist I've never been given a leaflet telling me to drive properly."Well, as a motorist, you are tested and licensed and ….
Ah. I see.
@cycleoptic said: "@StopKillingCycl @boneshakermag @David_on_a_bike is it up to @ASPolice to give "advice", why not just #enforce the road laws to all?Yup, that’s exactly what they should do. I’m all for them enforcing all road laws for all users, which is exactly what they are doing by targeting those who behave as if they don’t apply to them.
So suck it up!