Palma.—Reports are reaching Palma City Council that despite new bylaws introducing a cyclists' code of conduct on 26th April this year, few bike riders are abiding by them .

The rules now ban cyclists from using pavements, pedestrian only streets (between 10am and 8pm) and squares in the city. Fines of up to 300 euros can be imposed.

Palma City Council said yesterday that Local Police won't start issuing fines for a few weeks because their work at the moment is focusing on letting people know that they are breaking the law.

It was clear said a Council spokesman that even after a week had gone by following the introduction of the new bylaws, people were still happily cycling through crowds of people on pavements and across pedestrian only areas such as in the Ramblas. “The period of grace is going to come to an end,” he warned “and then no allowances at all will be made for people continuing to break the law.” The spokesman said that the real problem appeared to be that cyclists were just completely unaware of the new regulations.

Exceptions to cycling on pavements are afforded to children under 8 years of age as long as they are wearing a protective helmet and are accompanied by an adult. The cyclists' code was orginally drafted under the previous Socialist coalition government and fine-tuned by the present Partido Popular council.

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