Cyclists who have received fixed penalty notices in recent days could have them cancelled by the the Met and City of London police forces if they attend a special cycle safety event being held tomorrow (Thursday 26th November).
Officers from the two forces will be stationed outside St Paul’s Cathedral between 12:30hrs to 18.00hrs to give cyclists the opportunity to learn about riding safely, especially near HGVs.
In return for attending, any cyclist issued a fixed penalty notice in Islington, Southwark and the City between 16th – 26th November, which is still unpaid, will be cancelled.
Ch Insp Graham Horwood, from the MPS Traffic Unit, said: “Having your ticket cancelled is a great incentive for cyclists to come along to this event but everyone is welcome.”
Cyclists who wish to take up the offer must take along the ticket and voucher and not pay the ticket in the meantime.
Horwood said the forces wanted to remind cyclists “that bright working lights are not only a legal requirement but a must for staying safe.”
“Any cyclists without working lights on the front and the rear of their bike will be liable to a £30 fixed penalty notice.”
Four trucks will be present at the event, provided by MAN trucks, Cemex and Keltbray Group. Officers say these are modern vehicles, fitted with all currently required mirrors and visibility aids and are being used to demonstrate that even with these aids the size of these vehicles causes blind spots.
Insp Dave Aspinall from the City of London Police Roads Policing Unit said “Making sure the City’s roads are safe is one of the areas that our community has highlighted as being a priority. Events like this, which offer cyclists practical advice on driving on the Capital’s busy roads, help make everyone safer.”