Spalding police targeted cyclists riding without lights or on town centre pavements in a crackdown on Tuesday, handing £50 fines to offenders.
Insp Gareth Boxall said: “We issued four tickets and gave advice to a number of cyclists.
“This issue always attracts completely opposing opinions. To those who think we are picking on cyclists and should do something more important, I make the point: what could be more important than safeguarding the lives of those cyclists who endanger themselves by not using lights on their bike at night?
“With regard to the issue of cycling on footpaths, we don’t focus on out of town pavements where there is little or no risk of harm; we focus on town centres where cyclists weaving in and out of pedestrians is not only dangerous but also incredibly intimidating for some pedestrians.”
Insp Boxall pointed out his officers have a great many duties and “cannot be out all-day, every day addressing cycling offences”.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones backed the operation, saying on Twitter that he would love to see it happen county-wide.
He said: “Cyclists’ eyes adjust to the dark and (they) don’t realise how invisible they can be to motorists.
“Use lights, don’t wear black and get home safely.”
A similar operation was held in Spalding in November.
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