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Town Centre Cycling PSPO

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - Town Centre Cycling Restrictions

Cycling PSPO

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) enables the Council to fulfil its statutory obligations under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and respond in a positive manner to address the anti-social behaviour of individuals who ride bicycles through the main pedestrianised area of Bedford Town Centre.  The PSPO has been introduced in response to reports, intelligence and a consultation exercise involving local stakeholders.

 

Following extensive consultation, evidence gathered suggests that reckless riding of bicycles by cyclists is being carried out in a public place which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and it is likely that activities will be carried out in a continuing nature.

 

On 10 February 2016 Bedford Borough Council made a decision under section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 that a PSPO be made to restrict cyclists from riding bikes through the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre between designated times, allowing both authorised Local Authority and Police Officers to enforce the restriction using a fixed penalty notice regime.

 

The PSPO complements an existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in place which restricts cyclists from riding through the pedestrian area during the same times, however it has the additional benefit of allowing authorised Local Authority staff to enforce the restrictions in the same manner as Police Officers.

 

The introduction of the PSPO in the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre represents an opportunity to put the victim of anti-social behaviour first and reassure the community that the issues that they are experiencing are being taken seriously.  The Order will enable all enforcing officers to have more power to deal with cycling restrictions in the main pedestrianised area of the town centre.

 

A copy of the PSPO can be viewed by clicking here: Town Centre Cycling PSPO 2016

 

RESTRICTIONS

No person shall cycle/ride bicycles through the main pedestrian area of the town centre between the designated times (09:00hrs and 18:00hrs) as specified on the attached map by the grey diagonal shading (see Appendix 1/Map below).

 

PERIOD FOR WHICH THE ORDER HAS EFFECT

This order will come into force on 16 May 2016 for a period of three years until 15 May 2019.

 

At any point before the expiry of this three year period the Council can review and vary the terms of the Order.  As well as varying the Order the Council can also seek to discharge it at any time, subject to their being reasonable grounds to support such a decision.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THIS ORDER?

Section 67 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 states:

1)    It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse:

a)    To do anything that the person is prohibited from doing by a public spaces protection order, or

b)    To fail to comply with a requirement to which a person is subject under a public spaces protection order.

2)    A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

3)    A person does not commit an offence under this section by failing to comply with a prohibition or requirement that the local authority did not have power to include in the public spaces protection order.

 

Therefore where a constable or an authorised person reasonably believes that you:

Are cycling through the main pedestrian area between the designated times (09:00hrs and 18:00hrs) as specified on the attached map by the grey diagonal shading (see Appendix 1/Map below).

 

The constable or an authorised person may require you to:

Stop cycling through the main pedestrian area between the designated times (09:00hrs and 18:00hrs), in breach of the Order.

 

FIXED PENALTY

A constable or an authorised person may issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone he or she believes has committed an offence.  You will have 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £75.  If you pay the fixed penalty within 8 days the amount to pay will be reduced to £50.  If you pay the fixed penalty within 14 days you will not be prosecuted.

 

Click here to view map of PSPO designated area:

THE BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL TOWN CENTRE PSPO 2016

 

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