Cycling on footpaths has reached epidemic proportions, says Three Bridges pensioner
PENSIONERS have resorted to pulling people off their bikes because dangerous cycling on footpaths has reached an "epidemic state".
Despite police warnings that cyclists are breaking the law by not sticking to the roads, footpaths are becoming a race track for many riders, according to Brian Armstrong.
The 71-year-old says that some elderly people are now taking matters into their own hands after narrowly avoiding serious injury.
Mr Armstrong, who lives in Summersvere Close, Three Bridges, said: "I walk to Tesco to get the paper and have to negotiate the blind corners very carefully. If cyclists come round at speed you just have to dive out of the way.
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"My wife won't walk down there and I'm starting to get to that stage. I try to tell these people but you just get a mouthful of abuse. It has got to an epidemic state in Crawley.
"I pulled someone off their bike because they nearly knocked me down.
"You shouldn't have to step out of the way when they are breaking the law.
"They say it is dangerous to cycle on the road but wear a helmet, wear a high visibility jacket, get a bell on your bike and you will be fine."
Mr Armstrong's neighbour, Cyril Moore, has had similar experiences. He was driven to act after his wife was nearly knocked over by a speeding cyclist.
He said: "Some of these cyclists are doing 40 miles per hour and the path is very narrow. My wife was nearly mown down one day so I got hold of him and ended up jumping all over his bike so he couldn't use it again.
"I don't see the authorities doing anything about it. These cyclists have got their green credentials under their backsides and their brains are getting squashed on the saddle.
"They just don't care."
Mr Moore said the police and council need to do more to safeguard pedestrians and remind cyclists they should not be cycling on footpaths.
He said: "We need to get the authorities together to promote care of pedestrians before someone gets hurt."
Police say they are carrying out high-visibility patrols in Three Bridges and stopping cyclists on pavements to issue them with fixed penalty notices where appropriate.
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