Met Police Re-Launch Operation Safeway

Three cyclists, and another 26 people, have lost their lives on London’s roads already this year. This is three times the number of people killed in the same period in 2014.

As a result, the Metropolitan Police have taken the decision to re-launch Operation Safeway, which started in 2013 after six cyclists were killed in just two weeks.

The operation will involve the deployment of more than 600 police officers at 166 key junctions in the city during morning and evening rush hours. The operation will last for six weeks.

Officers will target road users committing traffic offences, in particular those using mobile phones whilst driving, failing to wear seat belts and driving vehicles with defects.

Officers will also target cyclists who fail to comply with the law, including those who cycle on the pavement and fail to use lights during hours of dark.

During the six-week period that Operation Safeway ran in 2013, 13,818 drivers and cyclists were issued with fines. 4,085 of these fines were given to cyclists.

209 people were arrested during the operation for offences including assault, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drink driving.

Many cyclists who received fines during the first wave of Operation Safeway complained of police who were unaware of ministerial guidance to use discretion when issuing fines to cyclists using the footway.

CDF stepped in to assist one such cyclist who was fined for riding on the pavement when he strayed across the white line of a sub-standard cycle path. Kristian Gregory contested the £50 fixed penalty notice with the support of CDF. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the prosecution on the grounds that prosecuting Gregory would not be in the public interest.

The guidance, which was reiterated in 2014 by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, advises officers to use discretion when fining people who cycle on the footway out of concerns for their safety and while being considerate to others.

The revised briefing for officers this year includes the ministerial guidance regarding issuing fines.

If you have been issued with a fine for cycling on the pavement in London and the police did not exercise proper discretion, please let CDF know.

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