Project Servator police officers in York have been asked to be a bit more ‘bike friendly’ and think about how they block cycle lanes when stopping road vehicles for inspections.
Writing on Twitter, @drsimonwoodward said: “Nothing says York isn’t really a cycle friendly city better than cycle lanes being taken out of use like this!”
York Cycle Campaign, which says it represents all the people who cycle around York and want to make the city more accessible to absolutely everyone, tweeted this to officers at North Yorkshire Police.
“While we appreciate the often difficult job NYP do (they ask) carrying out stops on one of the most dangerous roads for cycling and not leaving a safe cycling area – was it avoidable? Could the cycling lane have been kept open?”
They told us they accept that sometimes there is an emergency and 999 vehicles must pull up anywhere they need to be.
However they feel that Project Servator inspections could be carried out at a safer location for all including drivers too.
We asked North Yorkshire Police to comment. They didn’t address the specific issue of Blossom Street in their reply. A brief statement said:
“If someone is dissatisfied by the service from North Yorkshire Police then they should follow the formal complaints procedure https://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/fo/feedback/tcs/complaints-triage/“