Source: The West.Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt fears overzealous policing may be discouraging people from riding bikes.
Dr Pettitt's comments come after an environmental scientist was fined $50 for not having a bell on his bike while riding down a Fremantle street on Friday night.
James Dolin, 24, was riding to visit a friend when he was stopped by two police officers on bikes.
He was fined for not wearing a helmet or having a light on his bike - offences he acknowledges deserved punishment.
It was the $50 fine for not having a bell that really got his goat up. "I just think it's gone too far," Mr Dolin said.
"As a passionate cyclist, I believe more should be done by police to create incentives for people to ride bicycles not disincentives.
"Perhaps instead of giving out fines - which discourage my peers and I to ride - police could give cyclists with no bell the chance to organise the relevant equipment by a set date.
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An now Tydeman Road, North Fremantle is being an issue again .... I guess a bell will come to the rescue.
The Western Australian Police response (Facebook).
My experiences with the Western Australian police in Fremantle around the time of their last blitz on cyclists in the area.