Peeing in the street or Cycling on Bridge Street ……

Bridge Street Cycling

The background to this, is that the Council is operating under section 61 of the
Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The Survey ….

Some of the questions include:

  • Do you support the continued use of the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order to deter people urinating/defecating in a public place?
  • Do you support the continued use of the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order to deter begging in the city centre?
  • Do you support the continued use of the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order to enforce unauthorised cycling?

To take the survey NOW simply VISIT HERE!

Useful Documents

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What does Darren Think?

When it comes to the Cycling side of things, the proposals are a literal embarrassment to the city. Whether its the treatment of hard working citizens, being fined on their way back from 12 hour shifts, punishing people trying to do their bit for the environment or the time tourists got a fined for following the national cycle route, which Bridge Street was part of, it really enhances the name Pottyborough!

Not forgetting the fact that there is a cycle way at one end of Bridge Street!!

The fines are also not fair because, essentially if you are a wealthy person, whop can afford to pay £100 max fines, in theory you can cycle around aggressively, defecate in the street or drink six cans of beer in Cathedral Sq, at your leisure.

If you are working class, you can be accused of something you have not even done and end up paying a £100 fine, that could mean you fall behind on your rent or are unable to pay for your weekly food.

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Something you might like to know…

The proposed order calls for “Cyclists to dismount if requested to do so by an authorised officer if they are of the opinion that the cyclist is riding in a wanton and furious manner.”

…. So I’d suggest that if someone was cycling sensibly etc Then if challenged, they would be entitled to acknowledge the officer and then carry on with their day.

Other bits

  • In October 2012, 444 people signed my petition calling for the Tory controlled City Council to introduce a dedicated cycle lane along Bridge Street, Peterborough – they did not!
  • In 2015, I also did a petition calling for the Tories at the Town Hall to NOT ban cycling on a Sunday. Again they ignored it!

Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

Bridge Street - Peterborough

The Peterborough Telegraph recently reported that “Cyclists caught riding their bikes on Bridge Street have been hit in the pocket at court.

Is it me, or does that seem a tad contradictory for a local authority that claims, it wishes to be “regarded as the UK’s Environment Capital“?

  • It seems even more hypocritical when you note that in Peterborough City Council‘s own Environment Action Plan, states an aim to become a “pedestrian, public transport and cycle first city and 90% of all journeys will be zero emission.
  • The position becomes even more demented, when you note read that the Council’s Environment Action Plan – City-Wide document, says they want to “encourage more people to reduce their reliance on cars and instead walk, cycle…”
  • You may remember that in 2012, I put forward the suggestions for a cycle lane along Bridge Street?
  • I even ran a petition that received hundreds of supporters for the idea.
  • I went to the effort of putting a formal motion at a meeting of Full Council calling for the Council to introduce a cycle lane along Bridge Street, but sadly the Tories all voted against the idea.

Rohan Wilson, area manager for Cambridgeshire Sustrans, a group which campaigns for improved cycle networks, pointed out that at Cathedral Square and Long Causeway, pedestrians and cyclists co-exist, adding “We believe that could be repeated in Bridge Street.”

What do YOU think?

 

 

 

 

Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

Bridge Street - Peterborough

The Peterborough Telegraph recently reported that “Cyclists caught riding their bikes on Bridge Street have been hit in the pocket at court.

Is it me, or does that seem a tad contradictory for a local authority that claims, it wishes to be “regarded as the UK’s Environment Capital“? Read more