HELP REDUCE SPEED LIMITS ON ROADS FOR HORSE AND RIDERS

HELP REDUCE SPEED LIMITS ON ROADS FOR HORSE AND RIDERS

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T Padbury started this petition to WCC HIGHWAYS

My 16 year old Daughter was out on a hack with a friend in Wilmcote village on Featherbed Lane going into the village recently and unfortunately herself and her horse were hit from behind by a motor vehicle, both were wearing safety equipment and hi-viz jackets.

The accident happened on a 50mph road but very close to a 30mph limit. The current speed is 50mph which is way too fast on a non classified road and being so close to a stables where horses come and go on a regular basis.

Luckily on this occasion my Daughter came out unharmed however mentally this will stay with her for a long time to come which hopefully won't affect her confidence when she can finally get to ride her horse again.

However, her horse has not been so lucky and has sustained some nasty injuries which will need veterinary treatment for some considerable time. The consequences of the accident cannot be predicted on his long term soundness and fitness for ridden work.

Horse riding is an excellent outdoor physical activity, helps mental wellbeing and also a method of transport which has been around way before motor vehicles were. It is also a key part of the economy today.

Horses will happily travel on roads if drivers are respectful but when driving with excessive speed, not only is this endangering a horse and rider but other drivers and pedestrians on the road. This could have easily been a fatality of my Daughter and her horse.

Please sign this petition to help reduce the speed limit to 30mph on Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote to make both our children and horses safer. The riding situation as it stands today is made more dangerous by the speed on this road.

Does it really take a fatality before something will be done?

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