'Any cyclist seen breaking the Highway Code will be banned from future events'

“ANY cyclist seen breaking the Highway Code will be banned from future events” – that is the message from the Fordingbridge-based UK Cycling Events ahead of its Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive this weekend.

Some 4,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the two-day cycling event, with participants competing in either a 58-mile or an 86-mile ride, starting at New Park, Brockenhurst.

Martin Barden of UK Cycling Events said that this year the sell-out ride would be “bigger and better than ever before”.

But cyclists are becoming an increasingly controversial sight in the New Forest – following a spate of complaints about the huge number of riders taking part in races.

Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East, has written to transport minister Norman Baker calling for a formal licensing system to be introduced.

It coincides with plans by the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) to draw up a charter for the organisers of mass cycle events.

It adds: “We should not wait for a serious incident before deciding upon an appropriate degree of regulation – not something heavy handed but something recognising that both the frequency and size of these huge commercial cycling events have greatly increased.”

An NPA spokesman said the events were not races, which meant no formal permission to stage them was currently needed.

However, he confirmed that the NPA aimed to produce a code of conduct for cyclists and a charter for event organisers following concerns raised by residents and other organisations.

Mr Barden said: “Cycling is becoming more and more popular and it is the responsibility of every motorist and cyclist to share the roads in a considerate manner.

“We ask cyclists, wherever possible, to ride single file around the course, and have produced signs we will put up around the route to remind riders.

“Any cyclist seen to be breaking the Highway Code will, as part of our terms and conditions, be banned from future events.”

Mr Barden said riders are also asked to be considerate to horse riders, passing slow and wide.

“As we choose some of the most scenic and beautiful areas to ride, such as the New Forest, we quite often come across wild animals grazing at the side of the road. The same principle applies - give them plenty of room.”

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6:58am Fri 12 Apr 13

Village Idiot says...

I suspect that a few will give a bad name to the many. Most cyclists are fine but you will always get the 'head down, a** up, hell for leather type' that cause the problems.
May I suggest that any cyclist seen being thoughtless is reported to the organisers so they can deal with them appropriately.
I suspect that a few will give a bad name to the many. Most cyclists are fine but you will always get the 'head down, a** up, hell for leather type' that cause the problems. May I suggest that any cyclist seen being thoughtless is reported to the organisers so they can deal with them appropriately. Village Idiot

11:28am Fri 12 Apr 13

ScaffoldPlank says...

“We should not wait for a serious incident before deciding upon an appropriate degree of regulation – not something heavy handed but something recognising that both the frequency and size of these huge commercial cycling events have greatly increased.”

In the mass race to get to work and get home by motorists that happens every day, 66 ponies were killed and also many people were killed and maimed. In the numerous cycling events over the year we have seen zero pony deaths, and zero people deaths. I wonder which one we should be concentrating on?
“We should not wait for a serious incident before deciding upon an appropriate degree of regulation – not something heavy handed but something recognising that both the frequency and size of these huge commercial cycling events have greatly increased.” In the mass race to get to work and get home by motorists that happens every day, 66 ponies were killed and also many people were killed and maimed. In the numerous cycling events over the year we have seen zero pony deaths, and zero people deaths. I wonder which one we should be concentrating on? ScaffoldPlank

1:57pm Fri 12 Apr 13

ilpirata says...

Will the NPA be banning drivers who don't obey the Highway Code from driving through the New Forest?
Will the NPA be banning drivers who don't obey the Highway Code from driving through the New Forest? ilpirata

4:37pm Fri 12 Apr 13

Dave F. says...

It appears it needs pointing out to Mr Barden that the Highway code is not a legal document. Yes, it refers to legal statute rules in other documents, but much of it is purely suggestions or recommendations & therefore can't be broken.
It appears it needs pointing out to Mr Barden that the Highway code is not a legal document. Yes, it refers to legal statute rules in other documents, but much of it is purely suggestions or recommendations & therefore can't be broken. Dave F.

3:02pm Mon 15 Apr 13

Dr S Brule says...

http://www.dailyecho
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http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10354939 .Vandals_target_top_ cycling_event/?ref=m r from the (awful) Daily Echo Dr S Brule

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