Although the Councils contractor was seen last week on his quad bike spraying weeds in some areas, action elsewhere is still awaited.
The are particular issues on cul de sacs and snickets (neither of which are accessible on a quad bike!).
They will issue Traffic Offence Reports, which carry a £50 penalty, to those riding on pedestrian-only pavements or not using lights when it’s dark.
York Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Lee Pointon said: “As a major cycling city, it’s important that we make sure cyclists in York are safe and legal.
“Cyclists are vulnerable road users. But they also have a responsibility to ride legally and ensure they are seen. So if you ride a bike you must make sure you’re switched on when it comes to road safety.
“The cost of a set of lights is significantly less than the cost of a fine.
“And sometimes the cost is more than just financial – our officers have to knock on doors after cyclists are badly hurt or killed and break that devastating news to their families.
“If you saw what we see, you’d know it’s not worth risking it – you’d ride safely and be seen.”
Cyclists should take the following steps to stay safe:
- Always use an approved set of front and rear bike lights. You can be fined if you don’t.
- Switch them on from twilight – as soon as the light starts to drop
- Check them regularly to see if you need to change the batteries or recharge them
- Always use designated cycle paths or roads. Keep off pedestrian-only paths or face a fine
- Wear highly-visible clothing, preferably light-reflective gear
- Remember that even when you’re well lit you’re less visible at night than during the day, so always pay attention to your surroundings
The patrols will start on Monday and will run throughout autumn and winter.
Persistent work by the Foxwood Residents Association has resulted in a muddy verge being hard surfaced on Foxwood Lane. It shouldn’t have taken so long but it demonstrates that persistence does pay off in the end.
Hopefully now the unstable style access to Acomb Moor will be repaired by the Council. It has been an issue for over 2 years.
A sofa has been dumped in the Cornlands Road park play area. It is surrounded by rubbish. The issue has been reported to the Council but it is a shame that an area intended for use by younger children should be defaced in this way. Hopefully the Police will be able to increase patrols in the area.
Elsewhere at the recycling centre in the Acomb Car Park rubbish has been fly tipped. We’ve asked for the area to be cleaned up and for some of the recycling bins to be repainted.