Police issued more than 400 fines to Sydney CBD cyclists yesterday as part of a one day operation to prevent road deaths.
Some cyclists took to social media to express anger about the operation claiming they were unfairly singled out.
During ‘Operation Pedro’, 72 cyclists were caught disobeying traffic lights, 54 were riding on a footpath, 234 were riding without a helmet and 57 were issued infringements for other offences.
In a media release, Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said that along with the 417 cyclists fined, police also issued infringements to 11 pedestrians and 202 motorists.
“The results of this one-day operation were significant and a wake-up call for everyone in the Sydney CBD,” he said.
Improving the behaviours of all road users saves lives.”
On the Sydney Cyclist website, Martyn P began a discussion about Operation Pedro which received over 70 replies.
“If it’s anything like other operations, it will be targeting the low hanging fruit,” Martyn P said.
“Red light running and queuing across intersections never seems to be a safety concern in the same way that a helmetless cyclist is clearly a reckless menace.”
Another cyclist, Sam Daykin, commented: “Sure, stop any road user who is being aggressive and breaking the law … mention the cyclist and pedestrian deaths without putting it in context of what/who is responsible for a majority of those deaths.”
Meanwhile, dozens of cyclists took to Sydney’s streets this morning to continue their protest over the destruction of a cycle lane to make way for a new light rail system that will run from Circular Quay to Randwick. They claim the light rail will remove the cycle lane from College Street and leave cyclists no where to ride safely on the street.
Bicycle NSW chief executive Ray Rice, said the decision would put lives at risk.
“There’s over 2000 riders per day on the College Street cycleway,” he said.
They’re just going to go out on the roads and be unsafe, mix with traffic and slow the traffic down.” – Luke Rufford
Top photo taken by by Carl Unger