Call for clampdown on cyclists using pavements

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

A SHOPKEEPER who has been run over three times by speeding cyclists is calling for police to take action.

Andy Walton, owner of Premier Discounts in Shotton, says he has been hit three times in three months outside his shop on Chester Road West.

Mr Walton, who has owned the shop for 12 years, says cyclists speed down the pavements posing a danger to pedestrians.

He said: “It most recently happened last Monday when I stepped out of my shop and someone ran in to me. I’m in and out of my shop during the day and it happens quite a lot.

“The lady on the bike was going that fast, she ran in to me and then went over the handlebars.

“She then gave me a lot of abuse for not looking where I was going and I told her she shouldn’t be riding on the pavement. I shouldn’t have to be looking out for cyclists when I’m on the pavement.”

Mr Walton suffered a neck injury when he was hit by a cyclist two months ago.

“Someone is going to be seriously injured one day,” he added.

“If it was an elderly person or a child that was hit by these speeding cyclists they could be seriously hurt.

“I have spoken to the police about it and they can hand out tickets.”

Mr Walton said there is also a problem with teenagers riding BMX stunt bikes with no brakes along the pavements.

He added: “To stop them they have to put their foot on the back tyre, they shouldn’t be allowed to use these stunt bikes on the roads and pavements.

“If I was driving my car without brakes they would throw the book at me.”

It is illegal to cycle on pavements unless there is a sign indicating a shared use cycle path and cyclists defying the rule could be given a fixed penalty notice.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “The local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be patrolling this area and dealing with anyone who commits any offences.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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