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Just a few weeks ago, the roads of Surrey played host to the Olympic road race test event with cycling welcomed by the local constabulary. How things can change.
Over the last few days, Surrey Police have been handing out leaflets to cyclists warning them that careless and inconsiderate cycling could be deemed a criminal offence with riders facing a maximum fine of £1,000.
Careless and inconsiderate cycling, as defined by Surrey Police on the leaflet, is “if a person rides a cycle, on a road, without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road”.
Surrey Police told Cycling Weekly that it had taken action to warn cyclists that they may face prosecution following complaints from motorists that cyclists were riding in pelotons, while the police force said it was also looking to crackdown on anti-social cycling on the roads in the region.
Apparently anti-social cycling is considered as cyclists riding in pairs side-by-side or in groups. Surrey Police said such riding behaviour was causing cars to slow down and inconvenience for drivers.
We think Surrey Police are being a tad over the top in their actions, while they could do with a few grammar lessons if the leaflet picture above is any indication.
Surrey Police have responded to the criticism from the cycling community on the leaflet. See the response in the comment section below.