Police have pledged to take a lenient view of children riding bikes on the pavement during a crackdown on cycling offences.
They made the pledge as they revealed that a man caught cycling on the pavement in Reginald Road, Portsmouth, had been given a £50 penalty notice.
He was apprehended by officers from the Eastney and Milton neighbourhood policing team as part of an initiative called Steer Clear.
Riders are being warned they face a £50 penalty or even court action for riding on a pavement, riding without lights at night, not stopping at a red light or pedestrian crossing, riding under the influence of drink or drugs, riding with more than one person on a solo bike or failing to stop for police.
Police tweeted out news of the penalty notice issued and were asked by a Twitter follower whether there was an age limit below which cycling on the pavement would be allowed.
Portsmouth Police responded: ‘We use discretion with younger children as cycling on a road would not be safe.’