Off yer bike! Concerns over High Street cyclists

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Bike users who use the High Street’s pedestrian precinct as a cycle path are flouting the law and concerns have been raised about safety in the area.

Several shoppers who use the town centre on a regular basis say they often have to dodge oncoming pedal bikes while walking up and down the already narrow precinct.

But as our picture shows the sign clearly indicates that cycling in the pedestrianised part of the High Street is prohibited, with very few exceptions.

But despite the signs some are worried it could only be a matter of time before a serious collision happens.

One shopper, who wishes to remain anonymous told the Herald: “I’m all for road safety but I’m more concerned about pedestrian precinct safety.

“The number of adult cyclists on the precinct is outrageous and something needs to be done before a serious accident occurs.

“For some cyclists, the rules of the road are ignored. These offenders give considerate cyclists a bad name.”

And another Arbroath lady, who did not want to be named also said the High Street now more resembles a bike track than a shopping precinct.

She said: “The pedestrian area on the High Street seems to have become a cycle path.

“It is hard enough avoiding delivery and other vehicles without suddenly finding a cycle at your back.”

Angus Council confirmed that cycling is indeed not permitted in the pedestrian precinct but explained they are some exceptions.

A spokeswoman said: “Cycling is prohibited in this part of the High Street, with the exception of emergency service access or at specific loading/unloading times.”

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