New figures have revealed a stark drop in the number of fixed penalty notices given to cyclists for illegally cycling on pavements. In 2013/14 cyclists in Tower Hamlets were issued with 438 penalty notices for cycling on pavements, however figures for 2015/16 show that only 16 fines were issued, a fall of 422.
Across the capital as a whole the number of penalty notices fell from 5,003 in 2013/14 to only 406 to date in 2015/16 despite increasing numbers of cyclists on London’s streets.
Mr Biggs warned that the small minority of cyclists who rode on pavements were putting pedestrians at risk and called for more action to enforce the rules.
Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, John Biggs AM said:
“With more cyclists than ever on London’s streets the number of fines issued to pavement hopping cyclists has nose-dived. In Tower Hamlets fines have dropped 96% in just two years, that’s a real problem, particularly with the number of pedestrians around.
“This kind of thoughtless behaviour from an incredibly 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.
“It can be incredibly scary for pedestrians to see a bike hurtling down a footpath towards them. Unless there are the police and PCSOs around, out on the beat enforcing these rules then the small minority of offenders will continue to break the rules.”