The chief constable of Notts was interviewed last night on the East Midlands Today Programme (8th). It is worth a view. He was asked his views on the actions of Derbys police imposing £200 fines at Foremark Reservoir (since cancelled I believe). He seemed to take a more pragmatic view and stated it was very much business as 'usual' for his constables, implying they were not mounting patrols at Notts 'beauty spots' and they were only imposing fines in the worst cases and as last resort. He continually stated the police were following the four E's approach - which the interviewer failed to get him to state. Ive looked on notts police website and cannot find a reference to the 'four e's', and can only guess he means essential, exercise, education and emergency, or perhaps as google puts it the 4 e's of safety - evaluation, education, encouragement, enforcement. Which is it ? I think we should know !!
My interpretation would be I'd be unlikely to get a police stop cycling in Notts. And agreeing with Trev - cycling around busy streets for exercise makes no sense, and could be argued as adding to congestion etc.