The Royal Borough’s community wardens have been patrolling pedestrianised no-cycling zones in Maidenhead and Windsor to raise awareness of new enforcement powers allowing them to tackle cyclists who don’t dismount.
A new legal order means anyone caught cycling through pedestrianised zones in High Street, Maidenhead, and Peascod Street, Windsor, will get a £100 fixed penalty notice and risk a fine of up to £1,000 in the courts.
After a public consultation demonstrated strong community support for the proposal, full council agreed to create the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) as part of taking a proactive stance against anti-social behaviour in all its forms.
Councillor David Cannon, cabinet member for public protection and parking, said: “We are looking to make improvements to support both cycling and walking as forms of Active Travel, which benefit the environment and personal wellbeing too, and it’s important that all road users follow the rules.
“While most cyclists are responsible, we will use enforcement powers under the PSPO to respond to community concerns and tackle the behaviour of a few who ignore the no cycling signage in these zones, don’t dismount and risk pedestrian safety.
“Over the last week, our community wardens have been speaking with cyclists to make them aware of their new powers and warn that anyone caught ignoring the no cycling rule will get a £100 fixed penalty notice.
“While they can’t be everywhere all the time, they will be doing targeted spot checks and undertaking targeted enforcement days, as part of their routine work to support community safety and address anti-social behaviour.”