Sorry for length: It's kicking off on the LCC emails... The cops email: OPERATION CUB This report refers to the completion of the Snow Hill Neighbourhood policing Team cycle road safety enforcement campaign called op CUB . The op was run between 0730-0930 and 1600-1800 daily between Monday 8th – Friday 12th October 2007. The main focus was on 4 Hotspot Public road locations, Holborn Circus, Ludgate Circus, Aldersgate Street and Newgate Street Police officers were deployed to the above locations between the relevant times as they could deal with all offences committed on a public road. The other focus was cycling on footway occurrences at the following Hotspot locations, Grand Avenue, Moorfields and Millennium Bridge. PCSO's and some police officers were deployed to the above locations between the relevant times they have been given powers to stop cyclists committing footway offences. Op CUB was a two pronged approached. One side being the road safety awareness and enforcement campaign the other being the checking of cycle frame numbers and the promotion of the Immobilise database. The following points were raised as a result of the operation de brief. To run the operation one day over either a 5 week period as the feedback from the staff engaged in the operation thought that due to the initial highly visible presence within the first few day greatly reduced the amount of cyclists committing offences thus having a short term impact where as the feeling is if this was spread out over a 5 week period it might have more of a longer term impact. The second point to come out of the de-brief was in relation to the Grand Avenue location. City Police and the market constables need to have a more of a partnership approach to cyclists committing offences at the location. The main issue is: In Grand Avenue the enforceable signs are the two red circles on white background at each side of both ends of the road. Those signs mean 'No vehicles' which includes bicycles, and also applies to all the other (market?) vehicles in the road. The offence of passing those signs is decriminalized with regard to motor vehicles, but is still a criminal offence (FPN) with regard to cyclists. Grand Avenue is also on the TFL cycle map as a route where cyclist should dismount and walk. Of course cyclists generally cycle on the footway to pass the barrier to enter Grand Avenue, which would be more effective for enforcement. After liaison with the market constables it was decided that the most effective and balanced approach to dealing with cyclists cycling through Grand Avenue was for PCSO's to deploy either end of the site where the market constables would be located at the closed barriers asking cyclists to dismount. If cyclists continued and cycled on the footway PCSO's would attempt to stop the offending cyclists and deal with this matter by way of enforcement. Between 0800-0900 hourson Tuesday 25th September 2007 a survey was carried out at Ludgate circus which showed 54 offences committed by cyclists. By comparison between 0745-0845 hours on Monday 15th October 2007 another survey was carried out at Ludgate circus which showed 34 offences committed by cyclists. This shows a 37 % decrease in the amount of offences being committed at the location showing that the operation has had a marked and positive impact. In all 243 Non-Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices (NEFPN's) of £30 were issued along with 19 verbal warnings, 163 stop checks were carried out and 2 arrests were made. One for wanted on an outstanding warrant and one for sus-theft of a bicycle. PLANS FOR THE FUTURE Now that the winter evenings are drawing in it had come to the notice of officers that there is a sizeable proportion of cyclists that are cycling without lights on their bicycles. In the past we have run an operation where cyclists were issued NEFPN's for having no lights on their cycles. Offenders were given the option of electing to join a scheme where their tickets were revoked if they returned to Snow Hill Police Station within two weeks with proof of purchase of cycle lights. We are looking to run a similar operation in the near future. This is to encourage cyclists to conform to the law and be more conspicuous to other road users. We would welcome any comments/feedback you may have on this proposed operation. CycleProblemsSnowHill@City-of-London.Police.Uk My reply: City of London Police antipathy toward cyclists The City has the worst fatality rate for cyclists anywhere in the UK (2) (2) The City has about a tenth of all of London's cyclist fatalities every year - about 2 out of 20 - while only making up a thousandth of the capital's area. According to Transport for London, the capital has by far the worst road safety record in the UK. City Police issue more Fixed Penalty Notices to cyclists than any other police force despite being the smallest. But they have never prosecuted or issued any FPNs to drivers obstructing cycle lanes or Advanced Stop Lines. Senior police say it's simply up to the discretion of the officer at the scene. We say their discretion is in fact discrimination and it seems they're going for 'easy pickings' to reach their targets for fining cyclists. Many cyclists were pleased to see City Police get back on their bikes but now these feelings have changed dramatically as the new units' main task is to harrass cyclists. City Cyclist This is a disgrace, it's clear the cops are discriminatory to cyclists whilst letting drivers off all over the place. Here's the latest: Between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th October the City of London Police will again be running a campaign to "promote safer cycling in the City". The key message is around staying safe, which means the police will not only focus on cyclists but also on drivers. Where drivers fail to observe the advance stop line at automatic traffic signals, they will be given educational leaflets pointing out the offence. The City of London Police will also be targeting four 'hotspot' junctions to enforce traffic regulations. Cyclists get fined, drivers get handed a little piece of paper, way to go guys.