TEENAGE cyclists are dicing with death by playing “chicken” with motorists on a busy road.

Fed-up residents in Renfrew have told how youngsters wearing dark clothing are causing chaos in Glebe Street by riding their bikes in and out of the flow of traffic at night.

There are fears it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt, with the issue being raised by members of Renfrew Community Council.

Lindsay McKillop, community council secretary, told The Gazette: “There have been lots of kids going around on their bikes, playing chicken with cars.

“They wear black clothing from head-to-toe and you can’t even see their faces.

“I’m worried about the drivers who are having to avoid them.

“The kids are cycling along Glebe Street, towards the town centre, and then turning into the middle of the road.

“I wonder if their parents know where they are and what they’re doing.

“If people see this sort of thing happening, they need to report it.”

Police said they have yet to receive a specific report of teenagers playing chicken with cars in Glebe Street but officers are keen to remind parents to make sure they know where their children are at night.

Sergeant Barry McNaught, who is based in Renfrew, said: “At this time of year, it is still dark when many children leave school and head home.

“It is important to wear light, highly-visible clothing and to make sure you stick to using official crossings.

“When not using official crossings, please take as much care as you possibly can to ensure your safety.”

He added: “We will be working with local schools to enforce road safety initiatives and would also remind parents to ensure they know where their children are in the evenings.”

Anyone who would like to report dangerous activity in Glebe Street or elsewhere can call the police on 101.