Peterborough bans city centre cycling despite widespread objections

Cycling ban now in place seven days a week in Peterborough city centre despite 83.5 per cent saying it was a bad idea - 'Public safety' cited as reason by Peterborough City Council

The Tour Series visited Peterborough, but commuters are having a harder time
Tour Series 2012, round 6, Peterborough

Cycling in the centre of Peterborough is now officially prohibited after signs were erected enforcing a new law.

Despite 83.5 per cent of the public consultations received objecting to the move to extend banning cycling on Bridge Street to seven days a week, Peterborough City Council opted to press ahead with the proposals.

A Twitter post by @SustransPBoro titled ‘a sad, sad day for cycling in Peterborough’ confirms that the signs are now in place which forbids the use of cycles between 9am and 6pm every day; previously similar rules were enforced between Monday and Saturday.

The council’s Town Hall and shopping outlets make up the street which local Sustrans officers described as crucial to commuting from north to south through the city.

When the proposals were confirmed, Cllr Lucia Serluca said that “public safety must ultimately outweigh what is a relatively small inconvenience to cyclists.”

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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.