A man has pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court to knocking over an elderly woman while cycling on the pavement.
Mitchell Brewin, 37, pleaded guilty to dangerous cycling and was ordered to pay £300 criminal injury compensation to the woman as a result.
His victim, a 71-year-old lady, said she was happy with the outcome and was pleased the issue of cycling on the pavement was highlighted by local press.
At the time of the accident she was on her way to the post office.
She said: “The cyclist should not have been riding on the pavement.
“As a result of the collision I sustained serious hip injuries and had to stay in hospital for five weeks. I require a further operation in the New Year.
“I’m glad the man handed himself in to the police. I’m happy with the outcome at court.
“I would also like to thank the media, particularly the Daily Echo for highlighting the issue.”
Brewin knocked the woman down in September when he was cycling on the pavement.
Police have also arrested another pavement cyclist who recently knocked over a four-year-old girl, breaking her leg.
The child’s mother said: “We’re delighted with this news. Sienna’s accident had a huge impact on all of us, it has been a very tough time for the family.
“Her leg is now out of plaster but she is still very restricted in what she can do.
“But I still see 10 people or more riding on the pavement every day and I know there will be another accident in the future.
“I just don’t know what can be done about it.”
Dorset Police commented on the issue: “Dorset Police treats all failure to stop collisions very seriously and we are determined to find the motorist responsible for causing these nasty injuries to the victim.”