'Destroying the street': Hefty fine for annoying footpath habit

Police are cracking down on an increasing hazard to inner-city pedestrians.

Sydney’s Inner West Police Area Command wrote on Facebook it received “a number of complaints” about cyclists riding on the footpath, “particularly food delivery cyclists on King Street, Newtown”.

“As a result police will be conducting additional patrols and operations targeting this offence. The fine for ‘Ride bicycle on footpath (16 years or older)’ is $116,” police wrote.

“If you are riding a bicycle please ensure you stay off the footpath to keep our pedestrians safe.”

A cyclist is pictured riding on a footpath.
NSW Police issued a warning to cyclists riding on footpaths in Newtown. Source: Facebook/ Inner West Police Area Command

‘Destroying King Street’

On Facebook, the crackdown had people divided.

“Finally. This is a real hazard in some areas,” one woman wrote.

One man wrote he found food delivery riders “on footpaths, on roads, bloody everywhere”, while another added it’s “about time something was being done regarding those menaces”.

Another woman wrote the “situation is destroying King Street”.

However, one man suggested this was just another example of “Australia's pathological hate of cyclists”.

“Perhaps predatory drivers who harass or intimidate cyclists should be cracked down upon,” he wrote.

“Then there'd be absolutely no reason to ride on the footpath.”

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