CYCLISTS caught riding in these two Royal Borough streets could risk a fine of up to £1,000 as the council ramps enforcement powers.

A majority of councillors at a full council meeting in April approved a new public spaces protection order (PSPO) following a public consultation to clamp down on reckless riders zooming through pedestrianised zones in High Street, Maidenhead, and Peascod Street, Windsor.

A new legal order means anyone caught cycling these zones will get a £100 fixed penalty notice and risk a fine of up to £1,000 in the courts.

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The Royal Borough’s community wardens have been patrolling pedestrianised no-cycling zones in Maidenhead and Windsor to raise awareness of new enforcement powers allowing them to tackle cyclists who don’t dismount.

Councillor David Cannon, cabinet member for public protection and parking, said: “We are looking to make improvements to support both cycling and walking as forms of Active Travel, which benefit the environment and personal wellbeing too, and it’s important that all road users follow the rules.

Royal Borough Observer: Cyclists risk a fine up to £1,000 if caught riding in Maidenhead High StreetCyclists risk a fine up to £1,000 if caught riding in Maidenhead High Street

“While most cyclists are responsible, we will use enforcement powers under the PSPO to respond to community concerns and tackle the behaviour of a few who ignore the no cycling signage in these zones, don’t dismount and risk pedestrian safety.

“Over the last week, our community wardens have been speaking with cyclists to make them aware of their new powers and warn that anyone caught ignoring the no cycling rule will get a £100 fixed penalty notice.

“While they can’t be everywhere all the time, they will be doing targeted spot checks and undertaking targeted enforcement days, as part of their routine work to support community safety and address anti-social behaviour.”

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Meanwhile Windsor councillor Wisdom Da Costa urged those who have been fined to pay it within 10 working days as it could spike.

He said: “The message is don’t cycle in pedestrianised areas and consider others. Let’s work together and help each other especially during these difficult days.”