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‘Pavements are not for cyclists’ plea
12:00pm Wednesday 21st November 2012 in News
SUMMERTOWN residents are hoping to find a way of making the area’s pavements safer.
A public meeting will be held next month to discuss the issue after a survey was carried out into cycling on pavements.
In a police crackdown in Headington a few months ago, police officers handed out 12 fixed penalty notices to cyclists on pavements in just a few hours.
And Summertown residents believe the issue is just as bad in their area, which led them to carry out a survey in Banbury Road.
According to their figures, 52 per cent of those interviewed agreed that cycling on pavements was a major issue in the Oxford area, with one in four having personal experience of being “harassed” by cyclists cycling dangerously on pavements.
Summertown resident Layla Moran said: “Three in five cyclists admitted occasionally cycling on pavements, with concerns for their safety in the road being stated as the main reason why.
“We need to find a solution that works for us as local residents.”
Summertown city councillors Jean Fooks and Stuart McCready will be holding a public meeting on Friday, December 7, at 7.30pm in the annexe of the North Oxford Association Community centre in Diamond Place to discuss this and related issues.