Parking and cyclists’ safety discussed at group meeting

Safety Group members Mary Melville and Brian Topping beside one of the No Drinking in Public Places signs.
Safety Group members Mary Melville and Brian Topping beside one of the No Drinking in Public Places signs.

Parking and cyclists’ safety were among the main issues raised at a recent meeting of Fraserburgh and District Community Safety Group.

Members of the group highlighted a number of their concerns at the meeting, which Chairman Brian Topping hailed as very productive.

One of the main issues raised was that of cyclists’ safety. In particular, members of the group pointed out that many cyclists still do not wear lights on their bikes - particularly adults who are travelling to and from work in the early morning and late evening.

Chairperson Brian Topping said: “We would certainly encourage people who don’t currently have lights on their bikes to make every effort to get lights for the safety of cyclists themselves and the safety of other road users and pedestrians.

“It’s also a legal requirement and the last thing our group wants is for people to be stopped by police for not having lights.”

Also on the agenda was the issue of illegal and improper parking of vehicles. While illegal parking is well understood - for example, parking on double yellow lines or on the brow of a hill - the issue of inconsiderate parking was also discussed.

Brian Topping added: “We would say to people please think twice as to whether you’re causing an obstruction, for example, if you’re blocking driveways.

“Also, some people are parking on grass verges which is damaging the verges. Some people are also parking on tarmac but it’s impairing the vision of drivers of cars, vans and other vehicles as well as pedestrians.”