Warnings issued to those riding e-scooters and bicycles through Bracknell town centre
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On Wednesday (16/6), the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Bracknell engaged with the public in the town centre to raise awareness around the use of electric scooters and cycling through pedestrian zones.
Private e-scooters are available to purchase for use on private land, but are not permitted for use on any public roads or pavements. Electric scooters are classed as vehicles in legislation and so are subject to the same requirements for their use, such as insurance, road tax and a driving licence. Riding these through the town centre in Bracknell is a risk to pedestrians as well as the riders themselves.
PC Carla May, of the Bracknell Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The town centre of Bracknell is a pedestrian area and there have been concerns regarding cyclists and more recently the use of e-scooters and the speed in which they travel and the risk this poses to potentially cause a serious accident.
“On Wednesday, we issued two warnings to people riding e-scooters through the town, and issued a fixed penalty ticket to a cyclist. Details of nine students were also taken who were cycling through the town centre, and have been passed on to the local school.
“I’d like to remind cyclists that the town centre is a pedestrian zone, and we will stop you if we see you cycling through.
“Any person who uses an e-scooter on a public road, pavement or other prohibited space is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted. You can find out more about e-scooters here.”