The figures released by the Metropolitan Police show a significant fall in fines issued to people riding on pavements
New statistics show that the number of fines issues to people riding bicycles on pedestrian pavements has dropped below an average of two a day.
Nine boroughs – including Croydon, Greenwich and Lewisham – did not issue any on the spot fines for pavement cycling, and only 406 of the £50 penalties were issued across Greater London in the nine months from April 2015.
At this currect rate the projected number of fines at 600 is well below the 1,931 handed out in 2014/15 and well down on the 5,003 issued the year before that.
This year the most offenders have been penalised in Southwark with 129 fines issued. Westminster saw a massive reduction in penalisations, dropping from 1,213 two years ago to 14 so far this term.
Labour member for City and East London, Biggs told The Standard: “It’s a regular complaint I hear that the thoughtless behaviour of a 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.
“Whilst it’s only a small minority who break the rules, it can be terrifying for pedestrians when they see a bike hurtling down the path towards them. The sad fact is that with fewer police and PCSOs out on the beat to enforce the rules, there are also fewer opportunities to crack down on bad behaviour like this.”
Although the Met has a transport team in each London borough, their attention is most often focused on poor driving as it presents a bigger danger to other road users, on foot and two wheels.