Berkshire cyclists to be fined for riding on the pavement

Cyclists in a suburb of Reading will no longer receive warnings before being issued with a fine

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Disobeying cyclists in a Berkshire suburb who ride on the pavement will be charged £30.

Residents in Caversham, a suburb of Reading, have been warned that Thames Valley Police are cracking down on those who do not abide by the Highway Code after a number of complaints to the police force in recent months about the problem.

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Previously, officers have issued three warnings but the penalty tickets will now be enforced immediately to curb the danger posed to pedestrians by cyclists on pavements.

Neighbourhood Police officers will be predominantly present in the shopping precinct and the Caversham Bridge area. Just two days of patrolling last week before the force began applying the fines on Thursday (January 15) saw 26 people stopped and warned about cycling away from the road.

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The scheme appears to have the support of most of the local public but the local council have been told that they need to do more to get people on bikes instead of deterring increased usage.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.