We’ve never known anything like it. Our website went into meltdown at the weekend with universal outrage at the Surrey Police decision to target cyclists in the Box Hill area for ‘antisocial cycling’.
Anyone deemed guilty of inconsiderate riding now faces a £1,000 fine after police received complaints that cyclists had been causing cars to slow down!
A couple of months ago several cycling and triathlon clubs in the South-East were contacted by police and warned against riding in groups and blocking the road.
Then last week, police handed out leaflets to riders warning them of the massive fine for riding without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users. Instead of harrassing bike riders, police should be happy that cyclists are doing them a favour by inadvertently slowing traffic.
Roland Townson sums it up perfeclty on our website: “Drivers are actually complaining that they are being forced to slow down, not that cyclists, who have every right to be there, are behaving badly. Therefore the police should try to educate car drivers on the need to drive at safer speeds on these busy roads. The fact that they are stopping the cyclists, rather than drivers, shows they do not understand the problem.”
Certain drivers simply don’t like the idea of sharing the roads. They complain, but there is little they can do to stem the rebirth of cycling.
Robert Garbutt is editor or Cycling Weekly