October 2002

Any one from Wolves police listening? 

Wobaston Road cycle route (update) 

Wolverhampton and Stourbridge Bypasses Axed 

WOW lobbying pays off again! 

Any one from Wolves police listening? 
Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Fix your bike or face fine

by Chris Greenwood

A PIONEERING scheme aimed at ridding York of a major road danger was launched in the city today.

Police in the city have started the new campaign to target cyclists who put themselves and others at risk by riding without lights.

Riders caught by the police would ordinarily face a £30 fine - but under the new scheme they will be offered the option of escaping a fine by making their machine safe for the future.

York police believe the initiative, which will give cyclists the option to avoid a fine by agreeing to mend faulty lights or buy new ones, may be the first of its kind in the country.

Cycle owners stopped without legal lights will be given a ticket which must be validated at any of the city's cycle shops before being presented at a police station within 14 days.

Community cycle unit member PC Lee Fickling said the initiative was a first for North Yorkshire Police.

Mr Fickling, who is one of four officers who patrol York by bike, said: "Rather than prosecuting people, we need to encourage them to think about safety - especially at this time of year."

The initiative is based on the vehicle defect rectification scheme which gives motorists the opportunity to correct minor vehicle faults such as cracked number plates and faulty lights.

Vehicle owners who have the faults repaired must present a stamped certificate at their police station within two weeks to avoid a fixed penalty or further police action.

Graham Hall, owner of The Cycle Shop, Haxby, which is participating in the scheme, said there was no reason why the scheme should not be a success.

He said: "It is a subtle way of encouraging cyclists to use lights without wielding a big stick."

A spokesman for City of York Council said: "Full marks to North Yorkshire Police on this enlightened idea.

"Given the relatively high percentage of cyclists in the city our accident rate is good, but we all have a responsibility to ensure that we walk, cycle and drive safely and this will encourage cyclists to light up as the mornings and evenings draw in."

Wobaston Road cycle route (update) 
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

It appears the shared use path that runs from Wobaston road across to Pendeford has been finished.
This starts right next to the entrance to sun valley chicken processing plant, and follows the stream running parallel to the Shrops Union canal.
The surface is now compressed hardcore and fairly smooth, although the barriers may present problems with trailers or tandems.

Wolverhampton and Stourbridge Bypasses Axed 
Saturday, October 26, 2002

For those that haven't heard the foolish plans to put another pointless road around the west midlands has been removed from the RPG.
Thank you to all those who came along to the Bike Park last December to lend their hand at drafting our response to the Regional Planning Guidance.
We can take some gratification that our objections to the bypasses helped to tip the scales towards sanity. 


WOW lobbying pays off again! 
Thursday, October 24, 2002


Pedal bikes for officers on patrol
Police in Bilston will soon be using pedal power to tackle crime - in the form of mountain bike patrols.

Officers are being provided with four bikes to help them pound the beat in areas including the town centre, Ettingshall and the local waterways.

Inspector Mick Wheeler, from Bilston police station, said: "The cycles will allow officers to get into areas they would not necessarily be able
to reach in a patrol car, such as footpaths."

The development is part of the cycling crime reduction initiative, an idea developed by local constable John Brookes based on a scheme established in Birmingham.

It is funded by agencies including Wolverhampton Community Safety Partnership, British Waterways and Parkfields and Ettingshall Neighbourhood Safety.
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