E-bike pavement ban tabled for heart of Coventry city centre - The Coventry Observer

E-bike pavement ban tabled for heart of Coventry city centre

Coventry Editorial 14th Sep, 2023   0

A CRACKDOWN on e-bikes, pedal bikes and e-scooters riding through pedestrianised areas of Coventry city centre is being mooted by council chiefs.

An amendment to the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to stop people riding these vehicles through areas meant for pedestrians has been tabled.

This would allow police and other law enforcement officers to issue fines to riders who flout the law.

The council and police have received reports of safety concerns from Coventrians and visitors, with people saying they feel unsafe due to the speed of these vehicles, obstructions to public walkways, and collisions.

A survey, which launched yesterday (Thursday) and runs until October 9, gives people the chance to have their say on the proposals and on cycling in the city centre.

The PSPO is also aimed at addressing other issues such as street trading, busking and begging.




The order was introduced in October 2017 to help reduce anti-social behaviour and those breaching it could face prosecution and fines up to £100.

Coun Patricia Hetherton, Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for city services, said: “I speak to lots of people who feel very nervous walking and travelling in the city centre because of the behaviour of some cyclists and other types of e-bikes and riders.


“We want to consult on this and welcome what people have to say. I want myself and others to feel safe.”

Cabinet member for policing and equalities, Coun Abdul Salam Khan, added the amendment was needed due to an increase in the popularity of e-bikes, pedal cyclists and e-scooters in the city.

The proposals follow work by West Midlands Police, the council and the city’s Business Improvement District to educate riders about the legal use of e-bikes and stop ‘dangerous’ cycling. These include e-bike food delivery riders.

Visit letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/citycentrepspo to take part in the consultation or pick up a paper copy at the Council House reception and Central Library.

What do you think? Have you encountered cyclists, e-bike and e-scooter riders in pedestrianised areas? What action, if any, would you like to see happen? Email [email protected] with your views.

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