Interact and give knowledge to those you represent.

Interact and give knowledge to those you represent.

    1. Petition by

      Keith Mcrae

      Ballater, United Kingdom

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This petition is a direct response to Mr Ian Huggins petition, entitled "Stop Surrey being turned into a cycle track"http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/surrey-county-council-stop-surrey-being-turned-into-a-cycle-track

I really think that the County Council should interact with those whom may be affected by the Ride London 100 and also the UCI races held in the area.

The residents should be informed and brought into discussion's about routes and road closures that may come into effect during such high profile events.

Although it may not be interesting to local residents effected by road closures. Cycling is a popular and ever growing pass-time, with thousand's of people taking to their bicycle ever day, whether that be for pleasure or as part of their daily commute. The bicycle is a great vehicle to get around.

The comments in Mr Huggins petition worry me slightly that the Council do not keep their communities informed, especially in how their taxes are spent. Everyone who pay's tax in the UK, pays for road maintenance all over the country, the people of Surrey seem to think that their tax is solely spend on the roads of their county for the sole purpose of using their car's to get about and many seem to think that cyclist's should not be using the road, because they do not pay "Road Tax", maybe they do not understand that "Road Tax" was abolished in 1937 as laid out here http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/vehicle-excise-duty

They may also wish to read this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23694438

Now to focus on Mr Huggins statement's in quote marks

"Apart from the obvious dangers to cyclists, Surrey roads are not suitable."

Any road is suitable to be cycled on apart from Motorway's, as laid out in the Highway Code.

"Surrey County Council have, without consultation, decided it would be a great idea to use Surrey as a race track.”

The Ride London 100 is NOT a race, but a cyclosportive, the ride is a 100 mile, organised, mass-participation cycling event, to be held annually. It a challenge rather than a race.

"This prevents residents of Surrey from leaving their own property and going about their normal business.”

This needs to be discussed with the residents affected, as a cyclist from a small village myself, I understand both sides to the argument for and against closing all the roads in and out.

"The road closures were a necessary inconvenience during the Olympic Games but now it looks like Surrey County Council are to make this an annual event. "

This is all part of the Government's "legacy" where events should be held annually, following the huge success for the Olympics in 2012.

"This is all very well but residents of Surrey are pestered and annoyed by cyclists (practising months in advance of the event) who ride the route in very large numbers from very early in the morning shouting at each other (have you tried talking whilst riding your bike?) and riding in large groups sometimes three and four abreast or in strings of riders making it virtually impossible for the poor old motorist, many of whom are elderly, to overtake.

Cyclist's are encourages to "take the lane" and not ride in the gutter, also riding abreast of each other is quite legal and even suggested in the highway code. It may be a nuisance to some of the residents on the route, but have they thought about the money that people bring into the area, those of us who are not local need somewhere to stay, also food and drink. The numbers of entries were past 55,000 in the ballot for Ride London 100 within two days, proving that it’s a very popular event.

"Traffic violations are common and it is only a matter of time before there is a major accident with the possibility of the loss of life. It will of course be the motorists fault. "

Yes, it will be the motorists fault if it turns out to be they are the violator of the law.

"Have Surrey County Council considered the number of heavy goods vehicles using the roads. The route chosen is all enclosing and no provision has been made for vehicular crossing points. So to facilitate a bike ride many Surrey residents are to be confined to their homes from 5 am until 9 pm."

With it being a mass participation event, the need for such a long closure is clear, with cyclists being sent off in "waves" and riding at different speeds, a rolling road block is not feasible for such a large event.

When this petition reaches the required signatures, I shall put it to Surrey County Council in opposition to any petition submitted by Mr Huggins against the Ride London 100 event going ahead and its riders being kept safe by closing certain roads for the day, I do understand that Ride London are holding a review of everything that happened in 2013 and as part of that, are reviewing the route. Maybe Mr Huggins would be better served consulting with Ride London over the matter of road closures, rather than trying to put pressure on the county council to stop this well supported event from taking place.

 

When you sign this petition, you have the option of adding a comment; I will include all these when submitting to the council. So anything you feel should be included, by all means put this in your comment.

To:
Interact and give knowledge to those you represent.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. VICTORY......

      Keith Mcrae
      Petition Organizer

      You can view Michael Blann presenting my petition here http://www.surreycc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/120128

      A massive thank you goes to Mr Blann, who contacted myself and asked if he could help by putting my petition to the council as he understood that this meeting was taking place. I could not make it down myself, so I was very grateful for Mr Blann to take it for me.

      You can also listen to Mr Huggins whittle on about his. Then the council go on to discuss their strategy and also agreeing the Ride London - Surrey for another 4 years. You can also hear that they have gone through the comments and picked out a couple to read.

    2. Presenting my petition

      Keith Mcrae
      Petition Organizer

      My petition has been accepted by Surrey County Council and will be presented to them in due course, it should cancel out Mr Huggins petition when his is presented.

    3. Other petition

      Keith Mcrae
      Petition Organizer

      Below is a quote from Mr Huggins on his petition. If you would like a list of all the people who have signed my petition, please just get in touch, around 75% at the moment are Surrey residents. The rest is made up from people all over who for various reason's feel that your petition has NO merit and should be closed down. I've had contact with various media and also Ride London, all in support of my petition.

      If that bothers you. GOOD.

      "by Ian Huggins
      Petition organiser
      I am amazed that your elected representatives , the very people whose wages you pay , have even considered this counter petition signed by people who have absolutely no connection with Surrey. The ONLY petition is this one that SURREY RESIDENTS have signed as a vehicle to express their exasperation and frustration with the current situation we find ourselves in."

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. 2000 supporters reached.

      Keith Mcrae
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to Road.cc and they sharing this petition, its been moving along quickly in the last few days. http://road.cc/content/news/96356-surrey-pro-cycling-petition-gaining-momentum

      If you scroll down a little, you will see a comment from myself on that article

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Richard Smith CLAYGATE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      These are great events which inspire young and old to do something other than sit on well padded armchairs all day, either at home or in their cars.

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    • John Lethbridge IFIELD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • 4 months ago

      Cycling is a healthy community sport that should be encouraged.

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    • Bronwen van STrien FETCHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      This is the main reason to live in the surrey hills... go cycling!

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    • Rupert Crispin PETERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      I am a GP in Hamsphire & keen cyclist - these cycling events are essential in encouraging the younger generations to be inspired to get active and enjoyable the beautiful countryside.

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    • Paul Fryer LEATHERHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      What better way than to improve the fitness of this country. Nobody 'owns' the road.

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