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Bournemouth and Poole police tackle dangerous cycling

Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Bournemouth and Poole are running cycle safety initiatives to encourage cyclists to keep themselves and others safe.

Dorset Police officers with their bikes, lights and cycle helmetsLast week, the successful ‘Think Bright…Think Lights’ initiative was re-launched in Bournemouth town centre, Westbourne, Hamworthy and parts of north Bournemouth to ensure that cyclists are visible on the area’s roads as the evenings get darker.

Under the Think Bright…Think Lights initiative, cyclists caught riding without lights after dark are issued with a cycle defect form. The cyclist then has a specified amount of time to take the form and proof of purchase for a new set of lights to a local police station. Anyone who does not comply is issued with a £30 fine.

PC Steve Lemon, who is running the initiative in Bournemouth town centre and Westbourne, said: “Our community told us that they are concerned about cyclists riding in the dark without lights on the area’s roads.

“The risk to cyclists of being involved in a collision is greater at this time of year because it’s so dark in the evenings. We hope to reduce this risk by educating cyclists about the potential dangers and how they can keep themselves safe.”

Safer Neighbourhood officers will also be running initiatives in Boscombe and parts of north Bournemouth, where residents have told officers that cyclists are putting themselves and others at risk by riding on pavements and pedestrianised areas.

The Winton and Meyrick and Talbot Safer Neighbourhood Teams, for example, have been putting up posters in affected areas to warn cyclists about the potential consequences of riding on pavements. The officers have been patrolling the area, issuing anyone who does not comply with a £30 fine.

Meanwhile, the East Cliff, Springbourne and Boscombe West Safer Neighbourhood Team has been tackling cycling in the precinct. Officers have put up barriers at either end of the precinct with signs asking cyclists to dismount and are patrolling the precinct to ensure that they comply.