Dear Bedford Borough Council,
With reference to the statement of your spokesperson in this article:
can you please supply
- details of the number of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians in your area in the last 10 years (or as available) including details of any incidents and the source of the data
- details of the number of shoppers and details of businesses who have requested cycling restrictions
- details or minutes of council meetings where this matter was discussed
- details of the number of fines issued since the restrictions were put in place
- details of the number of enforcement officers and the number of this type of fine per officer
Thank you for your e-mail requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
We will proceed with the request which we received today. It is our
intention to have the information delivered to you as soon as possible
otherwise within the statutory 20 working days.
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exceptions the Council may rely on to refuse the request, some of which
are absolute and some of which only apply where the public interest in
maintaining the exemption/exception outweighs that in disclosing the
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Dear David Andrews
Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 –
Thank you for your request for information concerning collisions between
cyclists and pedestrians, which we received on 15^th February 2019. Your
request has been considered under the Environmental Information
Please see your request and our response below:
1. Details of the number of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians
in your area in the last 10 years (or as available) including details of
any incidents and the source of the data.
The information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough
Council. The Authority do not record vehicular accidents of that type,
including those involving pedal cycles. The Police are the primary agency
for accident recording.
2. Details of the number of shoppers and details of businesses who have
requested cycling restrictions.
During the consultation process the personal details of those who
supported the cycling restriction were not requested. If that information
were available we would not be allowed to release that information unless
we had prior consent from each of the individuals which was not requested
at that time.
3. Details or minutes of council meetings where this matter was
Please find attached copy of minutes from meetings.
4. Details of the number of fines issued since the restrictions were
put in place.
1,651 Fixed Penalty Notices issued.
5. Details of the number of enforcement officers and the number of this
type of fine per officer.
The Council has authorised officers in several different departments and
authorised officers provided by a contractor all of which can issue Fixed
Since the introduction of the PSPO the following officers have issued
Fixed Penalty Notices for cycling in a restricted area.
Please note below is not the total number of officers currently authorised
by the Council and includes officers no longer employed by the Council and
our contractor. Enforcement officers are authorised to issue Fixed Penalty
Notices for other offences e.g. Dog Control Order, littering etc. and
carry out other duties and responsibilities.
Enforcement Officer FPNs issued
Officer 1 37
Officer 2 3
Officer 3 37
Officer 4 23
Officer 5 19
Officer 6 2
Officer 7 352
Officer 8 348
Officer 9 29
Officer 10 391
Officer 11 48
Officer 12 11
Officer 13 162
Officer 14 15
Officer 15 85
Officer 16 18
Officer 17 11
Officer 18 20
Officer 19 14
Officer 20 13
Officer 21 5
Officer 22 4
Officer 23 2
Officer 24 2
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Information Commissioner’s Office
FOI & EIR Officer - Environment
Bedford Borough Council
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(01234) 718243 (ext 47243)
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