Police issue warning after dangerous bike riding

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

POLICE in Tamworth have issued a warning after a rise in reports of youths riding their pedal cycles in an anti social manner.

Local officers have stated that there have been a number of reports of youths riding their bikes in an anti-social manner.

This mainly includes riding in large groups on roads pulling wheelies.

There has recently been a large group of youths who rode their bikes on the A51 from Kingsbury towards Dosthill on the 8th April where one male youth pulled a wheelie in front of on coming traffic.

There have also been reports or youths doing this whilst on their way to and from Wilnecote High School and near Wilnecote Junior school.

Police say that they will be monitoring this and will be dealing with anybody caught riding their bikes in an anti-social manner.

The Law

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991) it is an offence to ride recklessly on a road or in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner.

Dangerous cycling on a road is an offence and is a more serious offence than careless and inconsiderate cycling. A person is to be regarded as riding dangerously if, and only if, “the way he rides falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful cyclist, and it would be obvious to a competent and careful cyclist that riding in that way would be dangerous.”

The less serious offence of careless and inconsiderate cycling which states that a person is guilty of such an offence if a person “cycles on a road without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users”.