Cycling ban to be reinforced by police in New Walk Leicester
Extra signs look set to be put up in Leicester's New Walk to enforce the ban on cycling.
A report to be presented to the city council cabinet on Monday recommends that councillors agree to increase the number of "no cycling" signs along the pedestrian route.
Concerned New Walk residents have asked Leicester City Council to introduce an enforcement team to impose fines instead of police, but members of the transport scrutiny group, which compiled the report, have advised against this.
Despite appeals from cyclists, the scrutiny group has said a cycle lane on the path should not be installed, but safer alternative routes in and out of the city should be explored.
Cheap Van Insurance For 17,18 & 19 Year Old Drivers - Call Insure365 01782 898188, Free Legal Protection Cover Included valued at £25.00!
Terms: 1 Voucher Per Customer
Contact: 01782 898188
Valid until: Monday, June 24 2013
The report, to be presented to all councillors next week, says: "Pavement-based signs should be considered to reinforce the existing no cycling signs and consideration be given to moving existing no cycling signs to make them more visible.
"Comments supporting the use of cycling on New Walk were often accompanied by observation about how dangerous alternative cycling routes were for cyclists.
"Those against cycling on New Walk refer to the danger caused by the comparative speeds of bikers, particularly going downhill."
There are 13 "no cycling" signs in New Walk, a vehicle-free zone since 1785.
There are 20 signs in connected streets such as West Walk and Park Street, a number of which face away from the path.
Cyclists face a £30 fine if they ignore the signs.
The city council could not say how many new signs would be installed or how many would be moved.
Pedestrian Elizabeth Fraser, 60, of Evington, said: "I think they do need to put more signs up but to be honest I wonder if some of them care."
A 33-year-old male cyclist from Leicester's West End, who did not want to be named, disagreed.
He said: "I cycle on it every day even though I know we are not supposed to, but what's the alternative? London Road is a death trap with cars pulling out everywhere.
"I don't see why walkers and cyclists can't share the path like they do in so many other places in the city, like Bede Street and Great Central Way."
Tony Abbey from the University of Leicester Bike User Group, submitted his opinion to the report, calling for a cycle lane to be created. He said: "I have never understood its pedestrians-only status. The council's cycle lanes are appallingly haphazard."
Castle Ward councillor Patrick Kitterick agreed that more signs should be used, although he admitted that cyclists would probably still ignore them.
He said: "At least extra signs would take away the excuse that they did not know about the ban."
Councillors are expected to make a decision based on the report on Monday afternoon.