Thousands of cyclists take to the New Forest

Thousands of cyclists take to the New Forest

Thousands of cyclists take to the New Forest

Thousands of cyclists take to the New Forest

Thousands of cyclists take to the New Forest

Thousands of cyclists take to the New Forest

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

THOUSANDS of riders took to the New Forest today as they sped through the national park as part of a controversial two-day cycling event.

Now in its fifth year, the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive has established itself as one of the UK’s biggest cycle events allowing riders to take part in either a 58-mile or 86-mile ride, starting at New Park, Brockenhurst.

But it has attracted criticism from some quarters with cyclists becoming an increasing nuisance in the region as they flock to the park to enjoy its breathtaking views.

Earlier this week Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East, wrote to transport minister Norman Baker calling for a formal licensing system to be introduced.

The New Forest National Park Authority plans to draw up a code of conduct for cyclists and a charter for event organisers following concerns raised by residents and other organisations.

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1:23pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

There's already a cod of conduct for cyclists and the "concerns" raised are unjustified... Also before anyone asks, no, that is not me in the fourth picture with the gopro as I don't wear lycra, ride a road bike or own a gopro.
There's already a cod of conduct for cyclists and the "concerns" raised are unjustified... Also before anyone asks, no, that is not me in the fourth picture with the gopro as I don't wear lycra, ride a road bike or own a gopro. Ginger_cyclist
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2:22pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Stillness says...

It's only right that people who can't afford a car get to enjoy the forest ;-)
It's only right that people who can't afford a car get to enjoy the forest ;-) Stillness
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2:28pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
There's already a cod of conduct for cyclists and the "concerns" raised are unjustified... Also before anyone asks, no, that is not me in the fourth picture with the gopro as I don't wear lycra, ride a road bike or own a gopro.
*code

I really need a new keyboard.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: There's already a cod of conduct for cyclists and the "concerns" raised are unjustified... Also before anyone asks, no, that is not me in the fourth picture with the gopro as I don't wear lycra, ride a road bike or own a gopro.[/p][/quote]*code I really need a new keyboard. Ginger_cyclist
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2:31pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Stillness wrote:
It's only right that people who can't afford a car get to enjoy the forest ;-)
Really? I've seen people riding bikes worth MORE than many cars from new, just saying, many bikes are probably worth more than the average car, most cyclists also have a car.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: It's only right that people who can't afford a car get to enjoy the forest ;-)[/p][/quote]Really? I've seen people riding bikes worth MORE than many cars from new, just saying, many bikes are probably worth more than the average car, most cyclists also have a car. Ginger_cyclist
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2:32pm Sat 13 Apr 13

MandinVerwood says...

I've heard that some of the friendly locals have been out pulling down the signage last night/this morning. Nice!

At least it's not as idiotic as the people who put tacks on the road in Scotland a few years ago, but this still causes more of a problem as cyclists will then be stopping more to look for directions on the course and hopefully hold up all those who object even more.

Looking at the weather outside today, I wouldn't want to be out cycling for several hours.
I've heard that some of the friendly locals have been out pulling down the signage last night/this morning. Nice! At least it's not as idiotic as the people who put tacks on the road in Scotland a few years ago, but this still causes more of a problem as cyclists will then be stopping more to look for directions on the course and hopefully hold up all those who object even more. Looking at the weather outside today, I wouldn't want to be out cycling for several hours. MandinVerwood
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2:33pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Stillness wrote:
It's only right that people who can't afford a car get to enjoy the forest ;-)
Really? I've seen people riding bikes worth MORE than many cars from new, just saying, many bikes are probably worth more than the average car, most cyclists also have a car.
Commuter cyclists also earn more on average than commuting drivers. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: It's only right that people who can't afford a car get to enjoy the forest ;-)[/p][/quote]Really? I've seen people riding bikes worth MORE than many cars from new, just saying, many bikes are probably worth more than the average car, most cyclists also have a car.[/p][/quote]Commuter cyclists also earn more on average than commuting drivers. ;-) Ginger_cyclist
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2:36pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

MandinVerwood wrote:
I've heard that some of the friendly locals have been out pulling down the signage last night/this morning. Nice!

At least it's not as idiotic as the people who put tacks on the road in Scotland a few years ago, but this still causes more of a problem as cyclists will then be stopping more to look for directions on the course and hopefully hold up all those who object even more.

Looking at the weather outside today, I wouldn't want to be out cycling for several hours.
Wouldn't surprise me, the moron is a very dangerous species that really should be put down but sadly it's illegal so we'll just have to breed them out of existence but I wouldn't mind being out on a bike all day in this weather, be a bit wet and chilly but that's all.
[quote][p][bold]MandinVerwood[/bold] wrote: I've heard that some of the friendly locals have been out pulling down the signage last night/this morning. Nice! At least it's not as idiotic as the people who put tacks on the road in Scotland a few years ago, but this still causes more of a problem as cyclists will then be stopping more to look for directions on the course and hopefully hold up all those who object even more. Looking at the weather outside today, I wouldn't want to be out cycling for several hours.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't surprise me, the moron is a very dangerous species that really should be put down but sadly it's illegal so we'll just have to breed them out of existence but I wouldn't mind being out on a bike all day in this weather, be a bit wet and chilly but that's all. Ginger_cyclist
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2:36pm Sat 13 Apr 13

MandinVerwood says...

I'm also a bit concerned at the photo's above. I was lead to believe from the recent news stories that this was going to be a mass invasion. The pictures don't show this but small groups of cyclists. Can the Echo please show it's true colours and get the picture of the thousands of cyclists all going down the road together like a swarm of locusts destroying everything in their path.
I'm also a bit concerned at the photo's above. I was lead to believe from the recent news stories that this was going to be a mass invasion. The pictures don't show this but small groups of cyclists. Can the Echo please show it's true colours and get the picture of the thousands of cyclists all going down the road together like a swarm of locusts destroying everything in their path. MandinVerwood
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3:23pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

MandinVerwood wrote:
I'm also a bit concerned at the photo's above. I was lead to believe from the recent news stories that this was going to be a mass invasion. The pictures don't show this but small groups of cyclists. Can the Echo please show it's true colours and get the picture of the thousands of cyclists all going down the road together like a swarm of locusts destroying everything in their path.
The previous article was just sensationalising at it's finest, making it out to be something that it's not, it has already been said by the organisers and the local authority in the forest have said that it's not a race and that the cyclists are let out in small groups at set time intervals.
[quote][p][bold]MandinVerwood[/bold] wrote: I'm also a bit concerned at the photo's above. I was lead to believe from the recent news stories that this was going to be a mass invasion. The pictures don't show this but small groups of cyclists. Can the Echo please show it's true colours and get the picture of the thousands of cyclists all going down the road together like a swarm of locusts destroying everything in their path.[/p][/quote]The previous article was just sensationalising at it's finest, making it out to be something that it's not, it has already been said by the organisers and the local authority in the forest have said that it's not a race and that the cyclists are let out in small groups at set time intervals. Ginger_cyclist
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4:52pm Sat 13 Apr 13

General Grievance says...

Took part in the event this morning and it was a terrific success. Vast majority of drivers / walkers / observers were really friendly, offering support to cyclists with punctures etc. There was a small group protesting with a placard near Rhinefield and while I don't support the objections I do respect that sort of protest. It contrasts starkly with the small minded minority who had damaged signage or changed the arrows and so on. Didn't make a jot of difference to the event and simply generated more litter in the forest which was a shame on a number of levels. Police and marshals were terrific also so well done to all of the organisers.
Took part in the event this morning and it was a terrific success. Vast majority of drivers / walkers / observers were really friendly, offering support to cyclists with punctures etc. There was a small group protesting with a placard near Rhinefield and while I don't support the objections I do respect that sort of protest. It contrasts starkly with the small minded minority who had damaged signage or changed the arrows and so on. Didn't make a jot of difference to the event and simply generated more litter in the forest which was a shame on a number of levels. Police and marshals were terrific also so well done to all of the organisers. General Grievance
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5:55pm Sat 13 Apr 13

GrahamSimmons says...

I just want to point out that this article was posted just before http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10354066
.Hampshire_car_crash
_road_re_opens/

If anybody dares comment on the supposed "dangers" of large cycling events I want to make sure they are aware of the huge irony their comment will carry.
I just want to point out that this article was posted just before http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10354066 .Hampshire_car_crash _road_re_opens/ If anybody dares comment on the supposed "dangers" of large cycling events I want to make sure they are aware of the huge irony their comment will carry. GrahamSimmons
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6:12pm Sat 13 Apr 13

charliethebikemonger says...

Are those photos really from today's invasion? I would expect to see a lot more rain. Or is this half arsed desk bound journalism?

What did the protesters have on their placards? "Down with this sort of thing". "Ban the Lycra pony killers" "god invented saddle sores because you are evil".
Are those photos really from today's invasion? I would expect to see a lot more rain. Or is this half arsed desk bound journalism? What did the protesters have on their placards? "Down with this sort of thing". "Ban the Lycra pony killers" "god invented saddle sores because you are evil". charliethebikemonger
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6:39pm Sat 13 Apr 13

saint61 says...

charliethebikemonger wrote:
Are those photos really from today's invasion? I would expect to see a lot more rain. Or is this half arsed desk bound journalism?

What did the protesters have on their placards? "Down with this sort of thing". "Ban the Lycra pony killers" "god invented saddle sores because you are evil".
No rain before half ten this morning. Did 40 miles independent of the organised ride, kept dry and as normal every car driver, local and pedestrian on the forest roads is so respectful of cyclists.
Doctor Lewis get out on a bike yourself.
[quote][p][bold]charliethebikemonger[/bold] wrote: Are those photos really from today's invasion? I would expect to see a lot more rain. Or is this half arsed desk bound journalism? What did the protesters have on their placards? "Down with this sort of thing". "Ban the Lycra pony killers" "god invented saddle sores because you are evil".[/p][/quote]No rain before half ten this morning. Did 40 miles independent of the organised ride, kept dry and as normal every car driver, local and pedestrian on the forest roads is so respectful of cyclists. Doctor Lewis get out on a bike yourself. saint61
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6:43pm Sat 13 Apr 13

miltonarcher says...

How many will be on drugs?
How many will be on drugs? miltonarcher
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6:45pm Sat 13 Apr 13

miltonarcher says...

That's the performance enhancing variety of course!
That's the performance enhancing variety of course! miltonarcher
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12:19am Sun 14 Apr 13

IronLady2010 says...

The main photo is a picture of Cyclists riding side by side, I always thought that was against the Highway Code?
The main photo is a picture of Cyclists riding side by side, I always thought that was against the Highway Code? IronLady2010
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1:49am Sun 14 Apr 13

Gooby! says...

Can anyone tell me of any of the terrible warnings we had of horse deaths, locals dying because of delayed ambulances, spooked horses throwing their riders and the apocalypse to the forest brought on by gazillions of irresponsible riders tearing up the delicate land? We were led to believe that the carnage would be biblical!
Can anyone tell me of any of the terrible warnings we had of horse deaths, locals dying because of delayed ambulances, spooked horses throwing their riders and the apocalypse to the forest brought on by gazillions of irresponsible riders tearing up the delicate land? We were led to believe that the carnage would be biblical! Gooby!
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3:30am Sun 14 Apr 13

Turtlebay says...

If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?
If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads? Turtlebay
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8:10am Sun 14 Apr 13

Forest Resident says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The main photo is a picture of Cyclists riding side by side, I always thought that was against the Highway Code?
Rule 66 covers this, stipulating cyclists should not ride MORE than TWO abreast, although single file is recommended on narrow roads or navigating a bend. This leads into section 163 stating a vulnerable road user such as a cyclists should be afforded as much room as a vehicle when being overtaken, in other words overtake only when the oncoming lane is clear.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The main photo is a picture of Cyclists riding side by side, I always thought that was against the Highway Code?[/p][/quote]Rule 66 covers this, stipulating cyclists should not ride MORE than TWO abreast, although single file is recommended on narrow roads or navigating a bend. This leads into section 163 stating a vulnerable road user such as a cyclists should be afforded as much room as a vehicle when being overtaken, in other words overtake only when the oncoming lane is clear. Forest Resident
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1:13pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The main photo is a picture of Cyclists riding side by side, I always thought that was against the Highway Code?
It is not against the highway code, the first picture also shows they are on the correct side of the road and therefore no laws broken either.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The main photo is a picture of Cyclists riding side by side, I always thought that was against the Highway Code?[/p][/quote]It is not against the highway code, the first picture also shows they are on the correct side of the road and therefore no laws broken either. Ginger_cyclist
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1:15pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Gooby! wrote:
Can anyone tell me of any of the terrible warnings we had of horse deaths, locals dying because of delayed ambulances, spooked horses throwing their riders and the apocalypse to the forest brought on by gazillions of irresponsible riders tearing up the delicate land? We were led to believe that the carnage would be biblical!
Non existent, just like the brains of the Daily Echo and the local numbskulls who put lives in danger by defacing or destroying event signs.
[quote][p][bold]Gooby![/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me of any of the terrible warnings we had of horse deaths, locals dying because of delayed ambulances, spooked horses throwing their riders and the apocalypse to the forest brought on by gazillions of irresponsible riders tearing up the delicate land? We were led to believe that the carnage would be biblical![/p][/quote]Non existent, just like the brains of the Daily Echo and the local numbskulls who put lives in danger by defacing or destroying event signs. Ginger_cyclist
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1:21pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Turtlebay wrote:
If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?
As long as they stay on the correct side of the road, I see no problem with riding more than 2 abreast though it can be dangerous if cyclists are inexperienced in riding in tight bunches but even so, you're supposed to use the other lane when overtaking any road user, education is the answer.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?[/p][/quote]As long as they stay on the correct side of the road, I see no problem with riding more than 2 abreast though it can be dangerous if cyclists are inexperienced in riding in tight bunches but even so, you're supposed to use the other lane when overtaking any road user, education is the answer. Ginger_cyclist
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6:20pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Turtlebay says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?
As long as they stay on the correct side of the road, I see no problem with riding more than 2 abreast though it can be dangerous if cyclists are inexperienced in riding in tight bunches but even so, you're supposed to use the other lane when overtaking any road user, education is the answer.
So you are admitting breaking rule 66 in he Highway Code, Ginger?

Education for you seems to be the answer!
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?[/p][/quote]As long as they stay on the correct side of the road, I see no problem with riding more than 2 abreast though it can be dangerous if cyclists are inexperienced in riding in tight bunches but even so, you're supposed to use the other lane when overtaking any road user, education is the answer.[/p][/quote]So you are admitting breaking rule 66 in he Highway Code, Ginger? Education for you seems to be the answer! Turtlebay
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7:16pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?
As long as they stay on the correct side of the road, I see no problem with riding more than 2 abreast though it can be dangerous if cyclists are inexperienced in riding in tight bunches but even so, you're supposed to use the other lane when overtaking any road user, education is the answer.
So you are admitting breaking rule 66 in he Highway Code, Ginger?

Education for you seems to be the answer!
No, I'm not admitting it, besides, "breaking" rule 66 isn't illegal as it's only an advisory rule, like you would no doubt point out that 217 is also only advisory.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: If the cyclists are respectful to other users of the New Forest I see no problem. The problemin the past has been of often three or four riding side by side on the roads and overtaking each other without looking around to make sure it's safe to do so. As most of them are also car drivers wouldn't you think they'd ralise just how dangerous and frustrating this is to other road users who are also legally allowed to use these public roads?[/p][/quote]As long as they stay on the correct side of the road, I see no problem with riding more than 2 abreast though it can be dangerous if cyclists are inexperienced in riding in tight bunches but even so, you're supposed to use the other lane when overtaking any road user, education is the answer.[/p][/quote]So you are admitting breaking rule 66 in he Highway Code, Ginger? Education for you seems to be the answer![/p][/quote]No, I'm not admitting it, besides, "breaking" rule 66 isn't illegal as it's only an advisory rule, like you would no doubt point out that 217 is also only advisory. Ginger_cyclist
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