Cyclists in Hull are being urged to make use of the city’s pop-up cycle lanes.
The advice comes as Hull City Council works to install segregated cycle lanes to provide extra safety measures for cyclists using some of the city’s most busy roads.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said: “We want cyclists and pedestrians to be able to co-exist, enjoy and access our city together, however there are a very small number of cyclists who are choosing to use the city’s footways rather than the designated cycle routes.
“We expect all cyclists, motorists and pedestrians to use shared spaces respectfully and with consideration for other users, so we are encouraging cyclists to use the designated routes where possible.”
Cycling in the footway contravene Rule 64 of the Highways Code, and the police will use their discretion to enforce against this where appropriate.
However cycling within the city centre is permitted.
As part of the city centre’s public realm improvements in 2017, several areas including parts of Prospect Street, King Edward Street, Jameson Street, Whitefriargate, Princes Dock Street, Humber Street and Humber Dock Street, were turned into pedestrian and cycle zones.
The proposal formed part of the council’s plans to ensure that its most popular spaces are both pedestrian and cycle friendly.
Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson, from Humberside Police’s Special Operation unit, said: “These new cycle lanes will provide a safe place for cyclists to ride their bikes and I really hope that our communities make the most of this opportunity.
“Cycling on footpaths can be incredibly dangerous, putting yourself and others at risk of injury, and we will challenge those found cycling dangerously – taking appropriate and proportionate action.
“I encourage anyone planning to travel around Hull on a bike to use these new lanes to help keep yourself and others safe on our roads.”
Just last year, the council launched a trial of Operation Safepass, a scheme targeting motorists who pass too close to cyclists.
Cyclists are also advised to wear light and reflective clothing, cycle an arm’s length away from the kerb and, if possible, use a helmet-mounted camera to submit footage to the police of dangerous driving.
Cyclists are also reminded that they can sign-up for free adult proficiency lessons via the Rusty Riders scheme, which teaches them how to cycle safely and efficiently, making the most of the city’s expanding cycling network.
To find out more about the plans, visit the Hull City Council website.