Stop Surrey being turned into a cycle track

    1. Ian Huggins
    2. Petition by

      Ian Huggins

      London, United Kingdom

URGENT NEWS FOR ALL HORSE RIDERS AND WALKERS.It hasn't taken long for this serious problem to have an impact on our beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It seems that the off-road cyclists have now built a race track across Leith Hill. All without any consultation once again !!!!!Apart from the obvious dangers to cyclists,Surrey roads are not suitable.Surrey County Council have, without consultation,decided it would be a great idea to use Surrey as a race track. This now includes our bridle paths and footpaths. This in it's self is a thoughtless act but far more importantly residents and numerous businesses are being effected by road closures. This prevents residents of Surrey from leaving their own property and going about their normal business. 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 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.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. 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.

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Stop Surrey being turned into a cycle track

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    1. Partial success

      Ian Huggins
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to you all we have managed to wring out of the organisers of the Prudential Ride Surrey a few concessions. The route has been changed so that it will not "kettle" the thousands of Surrey residents so effected last year. Roads will also be open at various times during the day to facilitate some local movement of traffic. It remains to be seen if they have actually improved things????
      It will assist me if you could monitor events in your local area during the year. The huge numbers of cycling events last year caused severe disruption and the roads are already filling up with cyclists. These people must not be allowed to use our roads as their private "cycling velodrome" .
      You will be pleased to hear that we shall NOT be hosting the Tour of Britain or a leg of the Tour de France.

    2. Facts for Cyclists

      Ian Huggins
      Petition Organizer

      On Surrey roads so far this year there have been.............
      191 Time Trials
      46 Road Races
      70 Sportiv Events
      9 Triathlons
      (Source Surrey Police)
      There have been 4 events that warranted partial or full road closures.
      Serious accidents involving cyclists (not involving motor cars but simply falling off or colliding with other cyclists) have risen from 49 to 122.
      I am in no way defending the motorists, they are just as guilty, what I will defend is my right to travel freely to and from my place of work or to go about my normal weekend activities without having my driveway closed off for the sake of a bike ride.

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    • linda surrige WEYBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      We have just had yet another event in Weybridge - the Brooklands half marathon - leaving us prisoners in our homes yet again. All roads out of Weybridge were blocked. We ended up cancelling an event elsewhere because we couldn't escape from Weybridge, Why don't they have any consideration for the residents and at least give us one route out of Weybridge.

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    • Karen Frost WEST MOLESEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 20 days ago

      I WANT TO GO OUT!!! TO WORK. TAKE MY CHILDREN OUT. I WANT TO DO DURING THE DAY NOT BEFORE 6AM!!!!!

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      • 21 days ago

      know lots of bicyclists who endanger lives everyday

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    • Chris Huxted WEYBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I don't pay through the nose to be an Surrey resident to become housebound due to local events causing road closures. If the roads were closed to fix the numerous pot holes that would be more beneficial to all. And don't blame the flooding??> The potholes have been in the Elmbridge Borough for years. I know I've lived here 38 years and the roads are worse than ever.

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    • David Baron CHICHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      Off (and for that matter on) road cyclists now consider themselves to be above the law. Whilst a few obey the rules, a substantial number of their arrogant colleagues eschew any responsibility for normal civilised behaviour on the roads

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