CYCLISTS have been asked to dismount when travelling through a sheltered housing complex in Barnstaple because elderly residents fear a nasty collision is only a matter of time.The short stretch through Verona Court at the end of Yeo Vale Road is pedestrian access only, but many on two wheels are flouting the rules to use it as a short cut to bypass traffic on St George's Road.Police Community Support Officer Steve Huxtable has appealed for cyclists to abide by the law and get off their bikes - but he warned persistent offenders would be hit with a fixed penalty fine if the practice continued."The people living there are elderly and many have difficulty walking," he told the Gazette."Cyclists go right through there at speed."It's causing great distress to the residents: they fear they can't get out of the way in time if a cyclist comes through at speed."No Cycling notices are posted at both ends of the 100 yards which passes through Verona Court.PCSO Huxtable and colleagues will be patrolling the area regularly, both "There's no problem if they get off and walk the short distance. We don't want to have to go down the fixed penalty route.