Cycling UK looks to fight town centre “ASBOs” for riding a bike
August 22 2016
The cycling charity is calling on those who cycle in towns attempting to ban cycling to get in touch, as it considers legal action
Cycling UK wants to hear from cyclists in Newport and Mansfield, as it considers legal action following proposals announced last month to ban cyclists from town centres, effectively giving people ASBOs simply for riding a bike.
The national cycling charity, with the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, says the ban, which they discovered via a road.cc article, criminalises cycling, equating it with dog fouling and the sale of psychoactive substances.
Those who flout the Mansfield cycling ban, which came into effect this month under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), could face a £1000 fine. Gwent Police named 11 streets in Newport city centre on which cycling will be banned from this month; initially people caught cycling will be made to give their personal details, and receive warning letters. Fixed penalty notices will be brought in at a later date.