Action to tackle anti-social cycling in Solihull
Concerns over some young cyclists riding in a reckless or selfish manner could see a new training course rolled out to secondary schools across Solihull, in an effort to tackle the problem.
The session, which has been piloted at the Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, is designed to reduce anti-social behaviour linked with bikes.
It comes amid worries about an increasing number of riders ignoring the rules of the road and, in some cases, complaints about large groups holding up traffic or performing dangerous stunts.
Cllr Ted Richards, the council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said that the authority was keen to impress the importance of safety on older children and teenagers.
“There have been incidents of, gangs is the wrong word, but certainly groups of young people on push bikes who have been intimidating residents,” he said.
“We want to work to promote a responsible attitude when they are using the highways.”
Three years ago there were chaotic scenes on the Collector Road, in North Solihull, when around 100 riders, mostly on pedal bikes, cycled up the dual carriageway.
The group, many of whom weren’t wearing crash helmets, weaved across the different lanes, performed wheelies and prevented cars from passing.
Since then there has been a steady stream of reports about anti-social behaviour on often busy roads.
In 2017, Solihull Police had told a packed public meeting in Castle Bromwich that they would work with schools and talk to parents in order to deter the dangerous incidents.
Although officers have warned that trying to pursue the riders could result in a young person being seriously injured.
Solihull Council has said that the recent pilot in Kingshurst had been “well-received” and the same training is set to be brought to the Grace Academy, in nearby Chelmsley Wood.
These initial sessions could pave the way for the training being rolled out to secondary schools across the borough.
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