Police appeal after two cyclists knocked off their bikes in Spalding
Lincolnshire Police is appealing for witnesses after two cyclists were knocked off their bikes in two separate incidents in Spalding.
A woman was knocked off at the junction of Winsover Road and St Thomas Road and suffered a head injury, which police say is not thought to be serious.
Then a man was knocked from his bike in St Paul’s Rd by a car thought to be a red Audi. He sustained a hip injury.
The incidents happened soon after an early-morning operation targeting traffic offences in which several cyclists received penalty notices for cycling on the pavement, generating a local debate on the issue.
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Community inspector Jim Tyner said: “Clearly the feedback we have received shows that our early-morning action in Operation Oatmeal is a divisive issue and, whilst many people were supportive of our action, others felt we were unfairly targeting cyclists.
“Operation Oatmeal was timed to span factory shift changeover time, as that was an area of concern set as a priority by our community policing panels but I want to make it clear that we were targeting all those who flout the law, whether they be cyclists or motorists.
“The issue of cyclist safety is very important and dedicated cycle paths are one solution.
“In the meantime, Operation Oatmeal will continue so we can improve road safety for all road users, whether they are motorists, cyclists, horse-riders or pedestrians and will be targeting different parts of Spalding at different times of day, focusing on those locations and offences that have been identified by the policing panels as matters of community concern.”
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.