Case 27 - Letter to cyclist threatening to remove his chained up bike on health and safety grounds


The enquirer had chained his bike up to a lamp post on a traffic island outside of his workplace for 2 months. No objection was raised as no pedestrians walk through the area where it was chained up (between a light and a traffic bollard). He returned to collect it one day to find a letter threatening to remove his bike on health and safety grounds. The cycle racks provided by the city council in the area are frequently full so he cannot use them.

Panel decision

This is not a health and safety issue – the concern may be because the bike presents an obstruction for pedestrians or makes the place look unsightly. The panel suggest that the cyclist replies to the letter he received asking for a proper explanation of the grounds for removal.