Police to hand out yellow cards to cyclists in Woking town centre

May 16, 2018
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Police officers will be handing out yellow cards to cyclists in a bid to encourage people to walk rather than ride their bikes through Woking town centre.

The warning will be issued to cyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders who are caught cycling through key town centre streets in a manner that “compromises the safety of pedestrians”.

The move comes ten years after Woking Borough Council (WBC) and Surrey County Council (SCC) secured £1.82 million from Cycling England to be spent on improving cycling facilities in the area.

This money was to be used on making the town more cycle friendly.

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This new campaign, which was launched by WBC on Tuesday (May 8), aims to “encourage cyclists to think of others and walk their cycles through the busy, shopping streets of Woking town centre”.

The council say that the yellow card is a “positive and polite request for cyclists to think of others and dismount.”

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, WBC portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Thanks to the investment we made in our borough-wide cycle network, cycling has become a popular way to commute to work, stay active and as a leisure activity.

The council want the public to walk their bikes through Woking town centre
(Image: Woking Borough Council)

“However, this has led to an increase in anti-social cycling such as cycling on footpaths and pedestrianised areas of Woking town centre.”

“Through this campaign we are encouraging cyclists to consider others by dismounting and walking their bikes through Woking town centre.

“Cyclists walking their bikes a short distance will only add a minute or two to a journey, but will go a long to making our town centre a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/police-hand-out-yellow-cards-14665560


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