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Residents ‘concerned and frightened’ over cycling on pavements

Residents 'concerned and frightened' over cycling on pavements

Salisbury City councillor Atiqul Hoque A SALISBURY councillor has welcomed changes to the Highway Code but says residents are still “very concerned” and "frightened" by…

Tuesday, Mar 15

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Salisbury City councillor Atiqul Hoque A SALISBURY councillor has welcomed changes to the Highway Code but says residents are still “very concerned” and "frightened" by cyclists riding at speed on pavements.

Cllr Atiqul Hoque, who represents the St Edmund’s ward on Salisbury City Council, says he has received a number of emails from residents.

He said: "This has been going on for a long time and I am receiving more and more emails about people riding on pavements. This is especially prevalent in Library/Market Walk, High Street, and Fisherton Street.

"According to Highway Code guidance ‘only pedestrians may use the pavement’ but the police cannot be on every street corner and people are scared.

"The changes to the Highway Code are a perfect opportunity to ask everybody to take extra care around pedestrians in the city centre and it is my humble plea for cyclists to use the road and not the kerb and thus pose less of a danger to children, elderly and those with disabilities."

Changes to the Highway Code came into force in January to improve safety for people walking, cycling and riding horses with priority given to those that are more vulnerable.

The ‘signals and position’ section has also been updated, stating drivers should give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.Margaret Willmot, who is a committee member of Cycling Opportunities Group for Salisbury (COGS), said: "COGS do not condone cycling on pavements, but cyclists may feel unsafe on the roads where the risks posed by motor vehicles are very real, and currently […]

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