Mum’s tweet results in action to stop cyclists riding on paths in Corby

Karen Millsop (neighbourhood warden), Cllr Bob Eyles (lead member for community safety), PCSO Joe Devlin and Matt Buckingham (neighbourhood manager)

Karen Millsop (neighbourhood warden), Cllr Bob Eyles (lead member for community safety), PCSO Joe Devlin and Matt Buckingham (neighbourhood manager)

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Cyclists are being warned to stay off the pavements with signs going up an area of Corby after a boy was knocked over by someone on a bike.

A resident of Studfall Avenue tweeted Corby Council to make them aware of an incident that took place where a cyclist riding on the pavement caused her son to fall and hurt his leg and arm.

We hope that the signs and the interaction with offending cyclists during patrols will ensure all cyclists are educated and ride safely

Cllr Paul Beattie

Since the tweet was posted, Corby Council’s neighbourhood management team has been in contact with Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Police.

The authorities are now working together to ensure cyclists are aware that riding bicycles on the pavements is an offence and that it can be dangerous.

Signs reminding residents that there is no cycling on pavements will be put up in the area and patrols will be made to monitor any ongoing issues and educate cyclists on dangers of cycling on public pavements.

Corby Council’s cycling champion, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “Although we are not aware of a wide issue throughout the borough I always welcome residents’ views on cycling and will look into any concerns they have.

“We very much encourage cycling in Corby and proactively issue cycle maps and guidance in partnership with the County Council to highlight road safety and cycling provisions in the borough. 

“The vast majority of cyclists are aware that it is an offence to ride on the pavements and that it can be dangerous, however we hope that the signs and the interaction with offending cyclists during patrols will ensure all cyclists are educated and ride safely.”