WANSTEAD: Renewed calls to stop cyclists riding on pavement

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: A cyclist rides on the pavement in Wanstead High Street. A cyclist rides on the pavement in Wanstead High Street.

RENEWED calls have been made for police to tackle cyclists who ride on the pavement in Wanstead High Street following concerns that signs banning bikes are being ignored.

Redbridge Council have installed a number of warning notices on the walkway in recent years reminding cyclists of the law, but several associations in the area have reported that their members are growing increasingly frustrated with continual flaunting of the rules.

Speaking at Wanstead's area committee meeting earlier this week, Cllr Thomas Chan said he had been approached by several residents concerned about the issue.

He said: “the problem of cyclists on the pavement in Wanstead High Street [is] not just [about] young kids learning to ride their bikes but adults riding quite aggressively on the pavement.”

Helen Zammett, of the Counties Residents Association (CRA) said: “We can understand why some people do ride on the pavement because the traffic pressure can be enourmous in the High Street, but some of our members are concerned about the speed of cyclists on the pavement.

“There are a lot of elderly people who use the High Street and the consequences of a knock or a fall can of course be far worse for them than for younger people.”

Fellow CRA member Phillip Carnelley added: “We have one elderly gentleman who said he has nearly been knocked down on more than one occasion.”

However Redbridge Council insist it is not their responsibility to enforce the signs.

Council officer Steve Grayer told the committee meeting: “We do have notices saying ‘no cycling’ but it’s really a matter for community police officers to bring to people’s attention.”

But it has also been suggested that the problem could be solved by making the highway safer for cyclists in the first place.

Katriye Ibrahim of the Wanstead Society said: “I cycle on the High Street pavement purely because the cars are parked up on one side and the delivery lorries are parked up on the other side and you don’t feel safe.”

Redbridge Police have denied they are not taking the issue seriously.

Police Sargeant Brett Hagen said: “My officers are proactively stopping all cyclists in Wanstead High Street and asking them to dismount accordingly.

“We are taking these enforcement measures seriously and have planned a safer cycling awareness day for Thursday July 29 to address these issues.”

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7:12pm Tue 15 Jun 10

Techno2 says...

What about that dangerous-looking shopping trolley? What's going to be done about that? Or the proud parents who push prams about in front of them like tanks expecting everyone to get out of their way?
What about that dangerous-looking shopping trolley? What's going to be done about that? Or the proud parents who push prams about in front of them like tanks expecting everyone to get out of their way? Techno2

9:41am Wed 16 Jun 10

Heartlysmum says...

Katriye try dismounting and walking along with your bicycle if you feel it is unsafe to ride in a section of road.
I believe it was unlawful to ride on the pavement if your bike had wheels of 22" or greater, please correct me if this is wrong.
Katriye try dismounting and walking along with your bicycle if you feel it is unsafe to ride in a section of road. I believe it was unlawful to ride on the pavement if your bike had wheels of 22" or greater, please correct me if this is wrong. Heartlysmum

10:55am Wed 16 Jun 10

rich-e17 says...

i sometimes myself cycle on the pavement ,but when i do i'm going no faster than people walking ,so i'm not causing any danger to anyone,so i don't see any harm in doing so,but fair enough if your cycling along whizzing in and out of people thats all together a different matter,and techno2 is right i'm been hit by more trolleys/push chairs than bikes
i sometimes myself cycle on the pavement ,but when i do i'm going no faster than people walking ,so i'm not causing any danger to anyone,so i don't see any harm in doing so,but fair enough if your cycling along whizzing in and out of people thats all together a different matter,and techno2 is right i'm been hit by more trolleys/push chairs than bikes rich-e17

1:18pm Wed 16 Jun 10

rubberneck says...

Why have you removed my comment about police riding on the pavement? they do !
Why have you removed my comment about police riding on the pavement? they do ! rubberneck

2:06pm Wed 16 Jun 10

mr rusty says...

They park on it as well outside the nick in the old Jobcentre on Kirkdale road, but that's another issue! The person in that pic clearly isn't a serious cyclist, he's what's known as a 'seated pedestrian'- you only have to look at the bolt upright riding position and how he's planted his feet on the pedals to see that, and he is very unlikely to be going fast, and a serious responsible cyclist would slow right down anyway- the problem is with the teenage hoodies who pelt along with no respect for anyone else, usually on a cast iron chainstore mountain bike or a tiny little chinese made cheap'n'nasty bmx.
And yes Katriye, if you do not have the confidence or the the requisit roadsense to mix it with the traffic on the road, perhaps you are better off on a bus!
They park on it as well outside the nick in the old Jobcentre on Kirkdale road, but that's another issue! The person in that pic clearly isn't a serious cyclist, he's what's known as a 'seated pedestrian'- you only have to look at the bolt upright riding position and how he's planted his feet on the pedals to see that, and he is very unlikely to be going fast, and a serious responsible cyclist would slow right down anyway- the problem is with the teenage hoodies who pelt along with no respect for anyone else, usually on a cast iron chainstore mountain bike or a tiny little chinese made cheap'n'nasty bmx. And yes Katriye, if you do not have the confidence or the the requisit roadsense to mix it with the traffic on the road, perhaps you are better off on a bus! mr rusty

8:20pm Thu 17 Jun 10

shoogly says...

Am reading this because a lunatic "cyclist" travelling at full speed just narrowly avoided hitting my two year old daughter today, on the pavement just by the George pub on the High St. I've reported him, description and all, to the police. 2 or 3 feet closer and she would have been very seriously hurt.

Have sympathy for cyclists on the roads but there is no justification in making victims of pedestrians by hurtling around at full speed. This guy was no hoodie either.

Techno2 - in as much as your comments merit a sensible response - shopping trolleys and prams don't go as fast as bikes can! Maybe you should organise some kind of race so this can be demonstrated to you. Proud parents push their kids in prams because it's safer than being exposed to (the minority of) irresponsible cyclists. There are also at least 3 places on the High St where cars cross the pavement to get to the buildings behind the shops. Have seen idiot drivers shoot out on a number of occasions without looking. Speedbumps would sort that out.
Am reading this because a lunatic "cyclist" travelling at full speed just narrowly avoided hitting my two year old daughter today, on the pavement just by the George pub on the High St. I've reported him, description and all, to the police. 2 or 3 feet closer and she would have been very seriously hurt. Have sympathy for cyclists on the roads but there is no justification in making victims of pedestrians by hurtling around at full speed. This guy was no hoodie either. Techno2 - in as much as your comments merit a sensible response - shopping trolleys and prams don't go as fast as bikes can! Maybe you should organise some kind of race so this can be demonstrated to you. Proud parents push their kids in prams because it's safer than being exposed to (the minority of) irresponsible cyclists. There are also at least 3 places on the High St where cars cross the pavement to get to the buildings behind the shops. Have seen idiot drivers shoot out on a number of occasions without looking. Speedbumps would sort that out. shoogly

8:31pm Thu 17 Jun 10

shoogly says...

Just on a further point, if people are objecting to the dangers of prams, maybe parents should all ferry there kids around in cars and 4 by 4s. That might make things even worse for cyclists though! All sounds a bit cyclical to me.
Just on a further point, if people are objecting to the dangers of prams, maybe parents should all ferry there kids around in cars and 4 by 4s. That might make things even worse for cyclists though! All sounds a bit cyclical to me. shoogly

7:30pm Sat 19 Jun 10

Ms Smith says...

rich-e17

So many pavement cyclists claim to cycle no faster than pedestrians walk; if that is true then why not just dismount and walk?

I doubt that many actually do as they claim though. An average walking pace is about 3mph and many elderly people and small children don't even walk half as fast as that.

In my experience ( and I walk everywhere) pavements cyclists ride very fast and with no consideration for other people. It's a dangerous and anti-social habit which is injuring people and putting their lives at risk.

I know so many people who now don't enjoy walking anymore as they spend so much time looking behind them before they dare move out of a straight line.

This should be curbed in Wanstead before it becomes an intractable problem as it has elsewhere.
rich-e17 So many pavement cyclists claim to cycle no faster than pedestrians walk; if that is true then why not just dismount and walk? I doubt that many actually do as they claim though. An average walking pace is about 3mph and many elderly people and small children don't even walk half as fast as that. In my experience ( and I walk everywhere) pavements cyclists ride very fast and with no consideration for other people. It's a dangerous and anti-social habit which is injuring people and putting their lives at risk. I know so many people who now don't enjoy walking anymore as they spend so much time looking behind them before they dare move out of a straight line. This should be curbed in Wanstead before it becomes an intractable problem as it has elsewhere. Ms Smith

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