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Dangerous cyclists should be fined

PUBLISHED: 17:31 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:49 23 August 2010

Cyclists using pedestrianised areas should receive on-the-spot fines, a councillor is demanding. Labour s John Loughlin, the former mayor of Gravesham, has labelled cyclists travelling through the pedestrianised town centre a danger accusing riders of t

Cyclists using pedestrianised areas should receive on-the-spot fines, a councillor is demanding.

Labour's John Loughlin, the former mayor of Gravesham, has labelled cyclists travelling through the pedestrianised town centre "a danger" accusing riders of travelling at "break-neck, reckless speeds without any thoughts for others."

Speaking at the borough council's overview and scrutiny committee meeting on Monday Mr Loughlin tabled a motion for the fines to be handed to anyone caught cycling pedestrianised areas of New Road, Windmill Street, Kings Street and High Street.

He said: "The idea of pedestrianising the core shopping centre was to make it totally traffic free so that shoppers and their families could have complete freedom of movement without the worry of contending with traffic. It also made the town centre safe, more attractive and beneficial to traders and their customers.

"Unfortunately, cyclists do not consider themselves to be traffic so they ride through the pedestrianised area with apparent immunity, even though there are clear signs telling them that it is illegal to do so."

The matter has gone forward to be considered by cabinet.

Asked how the rule would be enforced or the level of the fine, Mr Loughlin admitted he had not finalised details but pointed to council officers and PCSO's fines for litter throwers as an example of how it may work.

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