Cycling on pavement crackdown during Broadgate flood defence works

Posted on - 14th July, 2023 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Parks, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
Cllr Carol Henshaw with Preston PCSO and representatives from contractor VolkerStevin showing the different signage for cyclists

Patrols are being stepped up due to incidents between cyclists and pedestrians on a busy section of the Guild Wheel.

While flood defence works are happening along the Riverside in the Broadgate area the road and footpath has been narrowed for pedestrians.

The road is currently closed to motor vehicles while the Environment Agency work takes place.

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But Preston City Council is asking on pedestrians and cyclists to look out for each other while heading down Riverside.

A number of incidents have been reported since April with cyclists and pedestrians involved in collisions – where cyclists have been riding on the pavement.

Patrols by Preston Police’s community support officers are being stepped up to take appropriate action against cyclists breaching regulations, ignoring diversion routes and fines are being issued.

Preston City Council’s cabinet member for environment and community safety councillor Freddie Bailey said: “Public safety is a priority. The pavements along Riverside are too narrow for cyclists and there have been a couple of accidents, which is not acceptable.

“It will only take a dismounted cyclist a couple of minutes to walk from Miller Park to Penwortham Old Bridge, where they can start cycling again. If a cyclist doesn’t want to dismount, then they can use the diversion route along South Meadow Lane and through Andy’s Bee Meadow.”

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The signage has been increased about cyclists dismounting

City centre ward councillor Carol Henshaw has been campaigning for tighter controls due to irresponsible cycling in the area.

She said: “Residents are concerned for the safety of the more vulnerable in the community, young children or older residents with poor mobility that are at risk of getting hurt.

“Some cyclists using the path go at breakneck speed and there’s not enough time for people to get out of their way. It is only a small section of pathway, and it is very narrow. We are urging cyclists to be respectful of other users and to dismount for the short section.”

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Environment Agency’s area flood and coastal risk manager Peter Miles said: “The road closure along Riverside is essential while we construct the new flood defences. We value the support from local residents and councillors while we work in the area, and we share their concerns about this issue.

“We have invested in signage to clearly indicate the designated cycling routes, and to ensure cyclists are aware of their responsibilities to dismount. We will continue work with the council and local police officers to monitor the situation while our works are ongoing.”

Lancashire Police say they will be using Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 which prohibits cycling on a footpath to issue fixed penalty notices for cyclists ignoring the diversion route.

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