Police in crackdown on dangerous cyclists
Police in Bath have issued 100 fixed penalty notices in the past six months to crack down on errant cyclists.
But cycling campaigners say the long-term answer to such problems is to create more cycle lanes in the city.
As well as the fines, police have also warned a further 300 cyclists about the danger they pose to pedestrians.
Sgt Richard Durnford said the issue of cycling on pavements was frequently raised at Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings.
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He said: "Our officers are told to use their discretion as not all people are suitable for a fixed penalty notice; for example, if you have got a little old lady cycling along early one morning that is not the same as someone tearing down Union Street.
"It might not seem like the biggest thing but it is important and we are working with Bath Cycling Campaign, Sustrans and the local authority to try to make it better for cyclists as part of a long-term thing.
"What we are not doing is spending thousands of force hours just tackling cyclists. When we are out and about acting on intelligence and dealing with shoplifters or drugs in the course of our job, if we see people cycling on the pavement we will deal with it."
Bath cyclist Tony Ambrose said a policy change was needed to make the city more accessible for riders, which would then eradicate the problem of people using their bikes on pavements.
He said: "They (B&NES council) are not going to make much headway to get new people onto bikes until they confront major problems. The answer is for the council to invest properly in cycling and install cycling routes."
He cited Cambridge, Holland and Germany as places where cyclists successfully share pavements with pedestrians, but said this was not necessarily the answer for Bath.
Cycling councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Foxhill) also called for a policy change to make Bath more cycle-friendly.
He said: "There needs to be a policy to encourage people who want to cycle sensibly and that is the vast majority of people.
"It may be we ought to put more emphasis on slowing traffic to 20mph so that we decrease accidents."