If so, better look out:
Police stopped dozens of cyclists in Bristol, England, this morning as part of a crackdown aimed at stopping riders flouting traffic laws.
The *Evening Post *newspaper reported that officers took the details of more than 90 people in a two-hour operation at the junction of busy Gloucester Road and Zetland Road.
Cyclists were pulled over after they were caught riding past red lights and on pavements. Their details will be recorded on the police anti-social behaviour database. If stopped again, they could be given on-the-spot fines of £30 for reckless cycling.
Avon and Somerset police said the operation was sparked by complaints from the public about cyclists' behaviour. They said they had identified five hotspots around the city and were planning regular patrols over the next few months.
The other four hotspots are:
Some 25 accidents at the Zetland Road junction involving cyclists have been reported in the past two years. Chief Inspector Andy Bennett, who led the operation, told the Evening Post: "This is in response to complaints from the public. The accidents recorded are only the ones which have been reported, so there are probably even more, and it is clear that these are real problem areas. We are prepared to take forceful action to stop this from happening and hopefully it will make the whole environment safer for everyone.
"There needs to be a change of culture - as we stand, red traffic lights mean you have to stop and there is no leeway on that, either for motorists or cyclists. Lots of cyclists hide behind the fact that they have no training, so it's important that they realise how important it is to stick to the traffic laws."
John Roy, the Bristol City Council officer leading the project, said: "Riding through red lights is dangerous for everyone and does nothing to ease the tension between cyclists and drivers. There are a few cyclists in the city who make life really difficult for the rest of them. There's got to be an understanding among the cycling community that they are part of the road using group and they have to obey the law."
Fuck da police comin' straight from the underground - a young persons got it bad coz he rides.
sometimes i wait, sometimes i don't doesn't bother me i'm not an idiot about it
How do they stop you? Can't you just ride round them or use mad skills to get away??
i got pulled over today. they pulled infront of me really quickly and almost rammed me. i jumped the curb, went around them and then rolled on. they pulled in front of me again and just about doored me to get me to pull over. it was pretty aggressive.
Where they in a car then? Sounds a bit dangerious
yeah they were kind of fuckers about it. pulled right in front of me, with very little stopping room. i actually thought they were pulling over to attend a crime at a store on that side of the road or something. i actually jump reds so often that i hadn't even registered that i had gone through one (oops) so i didn't even think they were pulling me over until they cut me up again and opened their door so i couldn't get by on the curb either...
man that would have been awesome if it turned into a high speed traffic weaving chase!
They were out in force again this morning stopping pretty much every cyclist that jumped the red light at the bottom of Gloucester Road by the Prince of Wales! Sadly they were paying no attention to some of the crazy thing some motorists were doing right in front of them! Nearly got taken out by a car that was not looking where it was going!
so are they uniformed, with cars, lumo yellow gear?
tazers, stingers etc?
Uniformed with hi-viz jackets, just on the pavement by Maplins, pretty hard to miss them! Not quite sure how they are physically stopping people but I guess nobody is going particularly fast through the traffic there!
I ALWAYS jump the red outside maplins, gloucester road down to town through stokes is too much of an awesome stretch to be interupted by shitty traffic lights.
Better watch out next time.
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