http://www.theage.com.au/national/250-fine-for-cycling-on-the-path-20090916-frof.html Glad they're finally clamping down on people getting outside and exercising. They have been getting away with it for far too long! Code: MELBOURNE City Council and police have cracked down on cyclists who ride through city parks. More than 100 have been fined $250 each. The council said its warnings to cyclists not to ride through parks such as Carlton Gardens had been ignored for too long. In a move that angered cyclists, council park rangers combined with the police bicycle patrol to nab cyclists riding through gardens last week. By teaming with the police, council rangers - who do not have the power to detain cyclists - were able to hand out fines totalling more than $25,000 to 110 cyclists. Among the cyclists nabbed was landscape architect Alistair Wenn, who received his fine while riding through the Carlton Gardens. Earlier in the day, his wife, Jackie, was also fined for riding through the gardens. ''On one hand you have a council saying they encourage cycling and on the other you are fined $250 if you ride through a park,'' said an angry Mr Wenn, who argued the garden's 5.5-metre footpaths could be easily shared. ''The alternative is to ride on the footpath, which would be much worse.'' Riding on the footpath attracts a fine of $58. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle backed the fines. He said the council had clear rules on where people could ride. ''We are happy to entertain arguments about where cyclists can go, and these are some of the areas we've said they can't go. Do you think people [should be allowed to] cycle anywhere?'' The council bans bicycles from the Fitzroy, Carlton, Treasury and Flagstaff gardens, and most of Fawkner Park. Cycling is allowed in the council's other parks. The council was unable to provide evidence that pedestrians in the city's parks were being endangered by cyclists, although 20 park users have complained to the council in the past six months about cyclists. Councillor Kevin Louey said cyclists often responded by being rude to pedestrians when challenged. ''All park users should be able to enjoy them free from risks posed by inconsiderate cyclists,'' he said. Pedestrian groups backed hefty fines, saying cyclists had to realise there were serious consequences if they hit someone. ''If you are a 70-year-old man or a child and you get hit by a bike travelling at 30 km/h, you'll spend the rest of your life in hospital,'' said Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby. Cyclists who regularly flout laws banning them from the parks say they do so because the roads are dangerous. ''I've been riding through the city's parks for 35 years. I'll stop doing that when the roads are as safe and as pleasant to ride on as the parks,'' said Nik Dow, a member of the Melbourne Bicycle Users Group. Roads Minister Tim Pallas declined to comment.