March 7th, 2011
Stevenage Borough Council has confirmed that it is planning to ban cycling in all pedestrianised areas of the town centre. The bans are likely to come into force in April, and were proposed after the council consulted a range of high street retailers. The council have said that the measures will improve safety and help reduce the amount of cycling accidents. John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration, said “The majority of cyclists in Stevenage do not cycle in the town centre. It is only a small number of people who make life very, very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for both the young and the elderly and maybe even the able-bodied on occasions.” Signs will be erected to warn cyclists that riding their bike is prohibited, however the council has stated that it wants to remain cycle friendly.