Evening Chronicle (4/2/2016) – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/northumbria-durham-police-fine-just-10839647
Here’s the full comment that Katja emailed to the journalist Tom Ough
Hi Tom, ta for getting in touch.
Involved players in this maddening debate are police and council.
In the absence of clear sensible cycle infrastrcuture even the national gov departments are confused, see link above (position statement). And maybe the message has got through locally that the council cannot just say “we want more people to cycle”, and then when people do they find no-where safe to cycle comfortably and use the pavements rather than 30 or 40 mph two-lane Great Nort Road (as example) or stop cycling… you cannot really blame the people for that decision but it lies fairly and squarely with the council not providing adequate infrastructure to start with. The council (planning and transport authority) are holding responsibities for people and transport. Fair and good access for example: Equality Act 2010 etc.
As a campaign group, newcycling.org have been at this lack of infrastructure (and its secondary problems) since 2010. We are the throat of the council, and we are quite infuriated about the lack of progress, useful engagement and general understanding of needs. So perhaps it’s a sign that good sense has now prevailed in the short term (before we see protected cycleways, neighbourhood mode-zoning etc) and council and police thematise this a bit differently now.
Hope this helps.