Cambridge: Dangerous Cyclists Targetted

4 February 2013, 11:48 | Updated: 5 February 2013, 15:55

Over 30 officers are now focussing on catching cyclists breaking the law in Cambridge.

Special Constables are going to be patrolling hot spot areas to reduce cycle crime.

The aim of the new police operation is to reduce road deaths and casualties amongst cyclists, cycle crime and anti-social cycling in the city.

Areas such as Market Street, Sidney Street, Downing Street, Regent Street, Drummer Street, St Andrew's Street, Arbury Road, Milton Road, Mill Road, Silver Street, Fitzroy Street, Burleigh Street, Hills Road and Elizabeth Way Bridge will be targeted.

Specials will be patrolling at traffic light junctions looking out for those who commit red-light offences.

The LIT (Lights Instead of Tickets) scheme will also be in action, which gives those caught riding without lights seven days to buy new lights to avoid paying the fine.

Special Superintendent John Haslop said: "This is another chance to educate cyclists and enforce the law.

"There is a lot of dangerous cycling within Cambridge and we have heard frustration from local residents at neighbourhood meetings where anti-social cycling has been named as a priority.

"We want to tackle this problem and reduce the number of collisions and more than 30 Specials will be working on this operation."