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Cycling, e-scooter and skateboarding restrictions

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

A Public Spaces Protection Order was introduced on 13 June 2022 following consultation with citizens and stakeholders concerning the reckless riding of bicycles, e-scooters and skateboarding in Bedford town centre and reckless riding of e-scooters in Bedford’s parks and open spaces which is reducing the quality of life of residents.

A report was taken to the Council’s Executive on 2 March 2022 and the proposed PSPO approved. You can read the report including the consultation responses received here.

The PSPO covers four key offences

  • No person shall cycle/ride a bicycle through the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre between the designated times (9am and 6pm).
  • No person shall ride a skateboard in the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre at any time.
  • No person shall ride an e-scooter in the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre at any time.
  • No person shall ride an e-scooter in the parks and open spaces listed in Schedule 1 at any time (see the proposed PSPO for locations).

Failing to comply with a PSPO is an offence which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of a fine not exceeding £1,000. Offences may also be dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice of £75.