A reversal of the Bridge Street cycling ban has been all but ruled out by new Peterborough City Council leader John Holdich, who instead wants to enforce the ban more rigorously.
Councillor Holdich, who was unopposed as the new leader on Wednesday (March 20), said the issue was not on his agenda at the moment, but he revealed his frustrations at cyclists who flout the law.
The Bridge Street cycling ban is from 9am until 6pm.
Before Christmas it was only from Monday to Saturday, but this was extended to Sunday following the festival.
Cllr Holdich’s comments come as works in nearby Long Causeway, which include the installation of two covered cycle parking shelters and cycle racks to secure 58 bikes, reach the end of their first phase.
Cllr Holdich, who revealed he was nearly knocked over by a cyclist earlier in the week, said: “This is something, I’m sure, that will crop up during the year but it’s not at the top of my agenda.
“The public tell me they do not want people cycling down Bridge Street, particularly the old and infirmed.
“It’s the speed and and disrespect they show.
“We need to get more enforcement. People are very rude when I ask them to get off their bike.”