Cyclists in Bristol have been told by police to move their bikes from some parts of the city centre ahead of this weekend’s Remembrance Sunday – or face having their locks cut and the bicycles taken away.
Avon & Somerset Police have advised that they will remove bicycles found locked up between 6am and 1pm this Sunday 12 November in areas where events marking the end of the First World War and commemorating those who died in subsequent conflicts while serving in the armed forces are due to take place.
In a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, police in Bristol said: “Spread the word please Bristol people due to the events around the centre this weekend please don't leave your cycles locked in the areas between College Green and St Augustine’s Parade, you should also see these posters attached to rails.” [ie bikes stands – Ed]
Spread the word please #Bristol people due to the events around the centre this weekend please don't leave your #cycles locked in the areas between College Green and St Augustines Parade, you should also see these posters attached to rails pic.twitter.com/wpvinmw3aM
— ASPolice Bristol (@ASPBristol) November 9, 2023
According to the force, locks of bikes found parked in the areas concerned will be cut and the bicycles removed, with a spokesperson telling the Bristol Post that “this is standard procedure for events such as Remembrance Day and is done every year.
"These areas are very well signposted advising people to not lock their bikes there but, should someone do this, their lock will be cut and their bike removed to a location displayed on the posters.
“They can attend those locations to collect their bikes where words of advice will be given."
But one person replying on X accused the force of heavy-handedness, writing: “For heaven's sake, why? Will you be clamping every car that parks, too?”
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