21st Oct, 2019

Alvechurch police urge parents to reduce 'anti-social cycling'

Harry Leach 28th May, 2019

POLICE in Alvechurch are urging parents to reduce ‘anti-social cycling’ by teaching their children how to behave on the road.

PCSO Mark Hyder from the Alvechurch and Wythall Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It may seem like a game or just harmless fun, but young people are often unaware and oblivious of the risks and dangers they cause.

“Not only to themselves but also to other road users due to there antics when riding in groups on public roads.

“Sadly parents are often unaware of the behaviors of their children while they are out riding on there bicycles.”

Mr Hyder says he often sees youngsters cutting in front of cars, blocking roads by riding across both carriages at slow speeds, performing wheelies and cycling directly towards on coming cars.

It is an offence, under Section 29 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, to cycle on the road ‘without due care and attention’.

The maximum fine a court can give a child between ages 10 and 13 is £250.

And for a ‘young person’, between ages 14 and 17, the maximum is £1,000.

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