Concern About Students Cycling in Huntingdon
The Communications Team are regularly contacted by members of the public concerned about the behaviour of Hinchingbrooke student cyclists on their way to and from school. We will be giving out a message to students in morning registration and assemblies outlining the areas of concern and would like you to support us by discussing these issues with your child.
The Police have reported that a lady who lives at Post Street Godmanchester was recently knocked over as she left her front door; a lot of the properties along Post Street & Cambridge Rd front straight onto the pavement and this is not the first report of someone being hit or near misses.
A resident of Brampton Road, regularly has difficulties leaving their driveway because students wearing headphones are not aware of their surroundings and moving vehicles.
We understand that some of our students:-
- Cycle on the footpath in Godmanchester (this is an offence) Please note that the cycle path ends opposite the Black Bull Pub
- Cycle over the ‘Footbridge’ into Godmanchester – (this is an offence)
- Cycle through Huntingdon High Street – (This is prohibited between 10.00 and 16.00)
- Cycle through the grounds of the Leonard Cheshire Home in Brampton and the grounds of Millfield Court in Huntingdon. (Both are an offence as these areas are private property)
The Police have indicated that anyone caught doing the above aged 16 years or over is likely to be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £30 and those under 16 will be interviewed.
We are concerned that student cyclists could cause injury to pedestrians, particularly the elderly and young children. Please can you discuss all the above with your child and ensure they understand that they have a personal responsibility for both their own safety and that of others.
By working together we can help to improve cycling safety for our children and for the local community.
Vice Principal Development