I encountered a police man and a PCSO on bikes on Breedon Road, while out on my ride this morning. I was riding behind them as we approached the end of the road, where I was turning right onto the Pershore Road and assumed they were too.
Glancing briefly at the traffic, PC says Shall we go up on the pavement? to the PCSO and across the road they went, up the kerb, and on their slow wobbly way.
I didn't say anything, because I didn't want to get drawn into an extended discussion at the time, but perhaps I should have mentioned that putting a bit more air in their tyres and popping their seats up a touch might make everything a little more comfy.
Training must be provided for coppers on bikes, surely? I assume they aren't just told to hop on and get pedalling, but whatever training there is would appear to exclude both the Highway Code and simple bike maintenance.
I'm not suggesting a rigid adherence to the highway code, especially as some of it is silly verging on dangerous. When, however, professional cyclists, which what these two essentially are, decide that riding in 8am traffic isn't for them, it doesn't set a great example to anyone.