Police, council officials, business leaders and other agencies will stage a day of action in Lynn tomorrow in a bid to encourage greater cycle and pedestrian safety in the town.
The day is being staged in a bid to urge cyclists, mobility scooter users and pedestrians to do more to make sure they stay safe when they are out and about.
Members of the Lynn North safer neighbourhood team, along with West Norfolk Council officers and representatives from the Vancouver Quarter, the Lynn and West Norfolk Bike Users Group and the Partners Against Crime Taskforce (PACT) will be stationed at several points around the town centre to give information to shoppers.
Ward councillor Lesley Bambridge said the event had been organised after concerns were raised at the area’s safer neighbourhood panel meeting in September.
She said: “Rather than taking a heavy-handed approach, we felt that raising awareness of the laws, talking to people and providing advice and guidance was the best approach.”
Key issues to be covered during the day will include riding on footpaths, riding the wrong way up a one way street and the importance of having appropriate lights and reflective clothing when riding during long winter evenings.
Advice will also be available to people who use mobility scooters as well as pedestrians about how they can keep themselves safe.
PCSO Jackie Smith, of the Lynn North safer neighbourhood team, said: “This day is really about educating cyclists and drivers of mobility scooters as to their responsibilities when they are travelling around the town.
“Many people may not already be aware of these so it is really important to highlight these to our residents and visitors.
“Officers issue fixed penalty notices to those who are found to be breaching these laws so these messages are important to share with people.”