Cycling on pavements in Grantham is ‘epidemic’ says incensed reader
A reader who has become so incensed by the number of cyclists using pavements in Grantham has resorted to taking several photos which he says were all captured within less than an hour.
David Feld, 59, sent in various photos of cyclists using pavements to the Journal, and expressed his anger at how prevalent the problem is around town.
“As a pedestrian, I have had to avoid being run over on a regular basis by cyclists,” said Mr Feld, of Third Avenue, Grantham. “Whereas cycling on pavements used to be endemic in Grantham, it is now epidemic.
“I am becoming more and more incensed by the fact that none of the local enforcement bodies does anything about these people. In the whole of the 30-plus years in which I’ve lived in Grantham, only once have I seen a cyclist being told by a policeman to dismount while on the pavement – and I would lay odds that as soon as the policeman was out of vision, that cyclist was once more riding on the pavement.
“On more than one occasion, however, I’ve seen policemen in their patrol cars cruise past a pavement-cyclist, and do nothing.”
The photos, all taken in a single afternoon, show cyclists on Wide Westgate, Harrowby Lane and Alma Park Road. Furthermore, he says that he saw even more during the same afternoon, but was unable to photograph them in time.
Mr Feld added: “Cycling on the pavement is illegal. When is someone going to grasp the nettle and do something about these nuisances and louts – preferably before a pedestrian is seriously injured?”
In response, Grantham community inspector Gary Stewart said: “When possible, police officers will do their best to stop and speak to, and hopefully educate, cyclists using the pavement instead of the road. Along with this comes some common sense; an officer will, of course, never tell a cyclist to use the road if that is unsafe.
“However, it can be the case that it is not safe for a cyclist to use the pavement because it can cause real injury if a collision with a pedestrian occurs – to both parties.
“Unless designated otherwise, or unless unsafe, anyone riding a bike should not be on the pavement. Police officers do their best to enforce this.”