Friday, 28 January 2011

Cyclist with disability ordered off tricycle on South Bank path

This week's London Cycling Campaign newsletter reports that,

"The charity, Wheels For Wellbeing, has complained to Lambeth Council after a lady with a disability was ordered off her mobility tricycle on the South Bank.

Anne Wright (pictured) was stopped by a Community Support Officer and told she should not be cycling along on the riverside path by Lambeth Bridge."

This is precisely the kind of collateral damage I anticipated would be caused by slapping a blanket ban on cycling rather than enforcing a policy of 'pedestrian priortity; considerate cycling permitted'.

You may remember that in November I spoke to a couple of cyclists I met on the Thames Path about the potential ban:
When told he would be expected to ride on the road he volunteered that he was 78 years old and suffers from Spinal Scelerosis, and that such a move would force him to switch from his bike to a wheelchair.

The alternative A-road express route, described as 'excellent' by Kate Hoey, the local MP, but which the Chief Executive of Walk England doesn't feel is good enough to actively promote, looked like this yesterday:


amoeba said...

I think Kate Hoey should invited to ride along this road that she recommends so highly.

Jack said...

Police and police community support officers have no powers to order anyone off their bicycles or tricycles on this stretch of the Thames Path.

Lambeth Council says:

"A PCSO and police officer can request any member of the public to dismount their bicycle and advise them/ask them to dismount. However they are unable to force them to do so."

Question: Should a cyclist choose to disregard the advice of the PCSO to dismount, would they be committing any kind of offence or risk being fined/arrested?

Answer from Lambeth Council: "No they would not."