Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gambatte, 25 Sep 2007.
From that news article:
That statement bothers me. Surely any copper out on a bicycle should have been taught safe road positioning before going out there anyway? How can they set a good example if they're starting out clueless?
and why is it assumed to have been his fault through lack of experience?
health and safety bites again. saw my last two community officers on bikes a couple of weeks ago in south manchester. no more...
Give every copper on a bike a copy of cyclecraft, get them out for some training and give them a written and practical exam before they are allowed out.
And, give them the power to ticket other road users that are not considerate to cyclists. I understand only traffic officers can issue penalties for driving offenses at the moment.
I know some police forces give some basic bike handling skills but very few do anything towards road handling skills
Oh dear. That's bad news. As if we needed anything to send out "cycling is dangerous!" messages.
Mind you I saw a few CSPOs out on bikes around Wolverhampton a few months back and their roadcraft was truly appalling. It was obvious that neither of them had been on a bike since they were kids and that they were happier wobbling around on the pavement than being on the road where they should have been. But banning them from bikes isn't going to solve anything.
Yep, I have to agree Rythm Thief. If they're bad cyclists to begin with then theres the problem right there.
I get a regular email updates from our PCs and PCSOs, its a local scheme to keep in touch with locals in these parts, a sort of electronic community policing. And sure enough, in amongst the warnings about local crime sprees and information on arrests for drug crimes, there are regular updates on cycling. And some of the advice they give out is just awful, they've got no idea. I've offered to lend them cyclecraft, but alas they've not said yes.
Just popped over to bikeradar. They've got an article about this. Apparantly the PCSOs are let out just like us, with zero training.
News just in!
The more I think about it, the more utterly ridiculous this story is. It isn't 'health and safety gone mad', its Plod gone stupid.
I feel very much for the family of the bloke who died, but lets get a sense of perspective. A policeman dies in a car crash, they don't take all the cars off the road. Policeman dies when shot, they don't take all armed response units out of action. The response to a tragedy needs to be proportionate to the real risk, and that involves thought and judgement. Kneejerk reactions like this should have no place in policing.
That's not true nationally. West Midlands PCSO and PC bikers get some decent training.
Manchester Police management are derelict in their duty. There is a highly effective International Police Mountainbike Association course, specifically designed for cycling police and any officer expected to use a bike should be put through it.
After all, they don't let police drivers out without any training.
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