Plans for two cycling events attacked by New Forest campaigners

Plans for two cycling events attacked by campaigners

Plans for two cycling events attacked by campaigners

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter, New Forest

CAMPAIGNERS have hit out at plans to hold two mass cycling events in the New Forest on the same day.

Thousands of riders are set to descend on the Forest on October 12, sparking fears from residents that the area will be hit by traffic chaos and other issues.

The two-day Wiggle New Forest 100, expected to attract about 2,000 riders, is due to take place on October 11 and 12.

But the CTC Wessex Cycling Gridiron event is scheduled to take place in the same area on October 12.

The clash, thought to be the first of its kind in the area, was revealed at the Court of Verderers in Lyndhurst yesterday.

New Forest Association member Brian Tarnoff said the Gridiron ride, described as “orienteering with bikes”, was due to attract as many as 1,000 entrants and warned the two cycle event routes would overlap.

Last night Cllr Maureen Holding said the rides would result in cyclists “saturating” the roads.

She added: “Organisers of mass cycling events are treating the Forest as a playground. The time is coming for legislation to sort this out.”

Julian Lewis, Tory MP for New Forest East, repeated his call for large cycle rides to be regulated.

He said: “The ever-increasing frequency of these very large events shows there will no end to this worsening problem until a proper system to licence mass cycling in the New Forest is established.

“I will continue to exert maximum pressure on the relevant department to achieve this.”

A National Park Authority spokes-man said the Wiggle event, organised by UK Cycling Events, was being re-routed to prevent it conflicting with the Gridiron ride and a pony round-up taking place in Brockenhurst on the same day.

He added: “A new event notification system, linked to an online calendar, will soon be launched by the New Forest Safety Advisory Group.

“This, together with advance information about round-ups, will help avoid future clashes.”

Gridiron organisers said the change of route meant the clash “no longer constitutes a danger”.

Cyclists taking part in previous events staged by UK Cycling Events have been accused of clogging the roads, shouting abuse at drivers and using village greens as toilets.

Organisers have responded to the criticism by cutting the maximum number of riders by 20 per cent and deploying more marshals.

But anti-cycling campaigners have tried to sabotage several events by throwing tacks across roads and removing signs designed to help riders.

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5:48am Thu 17 Jul 14

saint61 says...

Here we go again. The normal comments will soon appear.
It's all getting rather boring now.
Here we go again. The normal comments will soon appear. It's all getting rather boring now. saint61
  • Score: 7

6:01am Thu 17 Jul 14

tgaffer says...

If the council want to deter cyclists entering the bike event, why not just put up the blue cycle path signs everywhere then no one would turn up.....
If the council want to deter cyclists entering the bike event, why not just put up the blue cycle path signs everywhere then no one would turn up..... tgaffer
  • Score: 2

6:32am Thu 17 Jul 14

Forest Resident says...

Maureen Holding and her fellow New Forest NPA bigots need to sort their priorities out, cyclists in these events kill no animal or person and cause no pollution of damage to the New Forest whatsoever. Much unlike the tens of thousands of vehicles driven in and around the New Forest every day of the year costing many lives and causing untold damage and pollution. Whether a fan of cycling or not these events are nationally very popular, and given the New Forest is a national park the opportunity to showcase the area through safe, healthy exercise should only be encouraged, especially when each events brings an estimated £300,000 into the local economy.
Maureen Holding and her fellow New Forest NPA bigots need to sort their priorities out, cyclists in these events kill no animal or person and cause no pollution of damage to the New Forest whatsoever. Much unlike the tens of thousands of vehicles driven in and around the New Forest every day of the year costing many lives and causing untold damage and pollution. Whether a fan of cycling or not these events are nationally very popular, and given the New Forest is a national park the opportunity to showcase the area through safe, healthy exercise should only be encouraged, especially when each events brings an estimated £300,000 into the local economy. Forest Resident
  • Score: 44

6:40am Thu 17 Jul 14

loosehead says...

I've read posts objecting to the Wiggle event now reading this post it has changed it's route to compensate for a Pony Round up so it should have made people happy Yet here we go again.
So a second event is taking place on the same day? BIG DEAL surely having them both on at the same time get's it over in one go instead of spreading it over two weekends?
Maybe bike riders should go out in large numbers each weekend & see how the public likes it or maybe get up a petition to ban vehicles from the New Forest roads as they endanger the wildlife?
I've read posts objecting to the Wiggle event now reading this post it has changed it's route to compensate for a Pony Round up so it should have made people happy Yet here we go again. So a second event is taking place on the same day? BIG DEAL surely having them both on at the same time get's it over in one go instead of spreading it over two weekends? Maybe bike riders should go out in large numbers each weekend & see how the public likes it or maybe get up a petition to ban vehicles from the New Forest roads as they endanger the wildlife? loosehead
  • Score: 33

6:52am Thu 17 Jul 14

exforester says...

Forest Resident,
I think you'll find that £300,000 goes into the pockets of the organisers!
Forest Resident, I think you'll find that £300,000 goes into the pockets of the organisers! exforester
  • Score: -20

7:02am Thu 17 Jul 14

Forest Resident says...

exforester wrote:
Forest Resident,
I think you'll find that £300,000 goes into the pockets of the organisers!
Being that the event organisers are local people based in Fordingbridge there is some element of truth to that, however, that would only account for well under half of the stated £300,000+ so the vast majority is being spent by participants in local shops, hotels, cafés and other businesses. Is that money that New Forest businesses can really afford to lose out on in this economic climate purely because of a few baseless accusations from some bigoted NIMBY councillors?
[quote][p][bold]exforester[/bold] wrote: Forest Resident, I think you'll find that £300,000 goes into the pockets of the organisers![/p][/quote]Being that the event organisers are local people based in Fordingbridge there is some element of truth to that, however, that would only account for well under half of the stated £300,000+ so the vast majority is being spent by participants in local shops, hotels, cafés and other businesses. Is that money that New Forest businesses can really afford to lose out on in this economic climate purely because of a few baseless accusations from some bigoted NIMBY councillors? Forest Resident
  • Score: 30

7:28am Thu 17 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

We should be trying to encouraging all green leisure pursuits/leisure activities in the New Forest, be it cycling, horse riding, walking, running. It's a beautiful National Park which we are lucky to live in or near. As said by Forest Resident it contributes to the local economy & puts the NFNP on the uk map.. Not sure if the DE give two hoots about the massive hatred they are stirring up with these articles; I just hope no one you are related to is subject to a vehicular attack that is becoming all too frequent for the local cyclists whilst out trying to enjoy a harmless, sustainable, healthy activity..
We should be trying to encouraging all green leisure pursuits/leisure activities in the New Forest, be it cycling, horse riding, walking, running. It's a beautiful National Park which we are lucky to live in or near. As said by Forest Resident it contributes to the local economy & puts the NFNP on the uk map.. Not sure if the DE give two hoots about the massive hatred they are stirring up with these articles; I just hope no one you are related to is subject to a vehicular attack that is becoming all too frequent for the local cyclists whilst out trying to enjoy a harmless, sustainable, healthy activity.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 30

7:47am Thu 17 Jul 14

westhantsboy says...

Excellent, love the cycling. Will enter one and it's a Great way to see the forest
Excellent, love the cycling. Will enter one and it's a Great way to see the forest westhantsboy
  • Score: 25

8:52am Thu 17 Jul 14

AFrustratedCyclist says...

"fears from residents that the area will be hit by traffic chaos"

What a joke!

Keep an eye out on the Forest roads over the coming weeks, for the actual traffic chaos caused by the Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally and the New Forest Show. These cycling event will not cause even half the traffic problems that they do. Fact!

No, I've never ridden a Wiggle event and I have been to both the steam up and NF show and I support all three events, but I know which will two will actually affect me most!

I've never been on cruise or am I likely to as they simply don't appeal but I get affected by the cruise traffic at times. I'm not a football fan either but have been caught in traffic for games. Ban them Ban them I say. Live and let live!

All of these examples cause for more impact in their local areas that all of the NF cycling events put together.

Echo Stop giving the Bigots an NIMBY's a stage for their lies and made up nonsense. Oh yeah that's you though isn't it? Much like the endless chasing of the dodgy car dealer you have going on, Couple of people in the Echo Axe's to grind.

If there are problems talk about what they are not the made up Rubbish!

Now report on some real news!
"fears from residents that the area will be hit by traffic chaos" What a joke! Keep an eye out on the Forest roads over the coming weeks, for the actual traffic chaos caused by the Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally and the New Forest Show. These cycling event will not cause even half the traffic problems that they do. Fact! No, I've never ridden a Wiggle event and I have been to both the steam up and NF show and I support all three events, but I know which will two will actually affect me most! I've never been on cruise or am I likely to as they simply don't appeal but I get affected by the cruise traffic at times. I'm not a football fan either but have been caught in traffic for games. Ban them Ban them I say. Live and let live! All of these examples cause for more impact in their local areas that all of the NF cycling events put together. Echo Stop giving the Bigots an NIMBY's a stage for their lies and made up nonsense. Oh yeah that's you though isn't it? Much like the endless chasing of the dodgy car dealer you have going on, Couple of people in the Echo Axe's to grind. If there are problems talk about what they are not the made up Rubbish! Now report on some real news! AFrustratedCyclist
  • Score: 25

9:35am Thu 17 Jul 14

The irate commuter says...

So these cycle events cause a few hold ups over 1 weekend ... what about the DAILY chaos/polution caused by all the cars heading towards Lyndhurst?
So these cycle events cause a few hold ups over 1 weekend ... what about the DAILY chaos/polution caused by all the cars heading towards Lyndhurst? The irate commuter
  • Score: 11

9:48am Thu 17 Jul 14

rm99uk says...

I spend time in London where many events take place sometimes at much shorter notice, key areas such as Trafalgar Square, Westminster and the Stand can be shut to traffic causing traffic issues and pedestrians being disrupted/ congested however many events take place , those attending enjoy them and those who do not wish to attend have sufficient notice to make plans to avoid the area and/or stay inside their property. What is the matter with the locals this is a tourist area that should be welcoming to such events that raise the profile, every successful tourist area needs visitors who spend money, why not work with these events instead of against them ? It. Appears that some locals are too intransigent. Chill out a little
I spend time in London where many events take place sometimes at much shorter notice, key areas such as Trafalgar Square, Westminster and the Stand can be shut to traffic causing traffic issues and pedestrians being disrupted/ congested however many events take place , those attending enjoy them and those who do not wish to attend have sufficient notice to make plans to avoid the area and/or stay inside their property. What is the matter with the locals this is a tourist area that should be welcoming to such events that raise the profile, every successful tourist area needs visitors who spend money, why not work with these events instead of against them ? It. Appears that some locals are too intransigent. Chill out a little rm99uk
  • Score: 11

9:58am Thu 17 Jul 14

bikesdontkillpeoplecarsdo says...

Maybe we should legislate to stop cars massing together every morning and evening and blocking the roads for other road users (which the motorists fail to acknowledge)
Maybe we should legislate to stop cars massing together every morning and evening and blocking the roads for other road users (which the motorists fail to acknowledge) bikesdontkillpeoplecarsdo
  • Score: 10

10:10am Thu 17 Jul 14

amandamahon6 says...

why are wegetting so uptight about a couple of events when we had the tour de france over here people turned out in the thousands to support it and be part of it no threwing of nails or other stuff that could hurt the riders just leave extra time for your trip so many things cause extra traffic
nf show but people still go and enjoy it netley marsh bmouth airshow rock in the park football etc so we ban everything that causes extra traffic what a boring place the new forest would be.
why are wegetting so uptight about a couple of events when we had the tour de france over here people turned out in the thousands to support it and be part of it no threwing of nails or other stuff that could hurt the riders just leave extra time for your trip so many things cause extra traffic nf show but people still go and enjoy it netley marsh bmouth airshow rock in the park football etc so we ban everything that causes extra traffic what a boring place the new forest would be. amandamahon6
  • Score: 5

11:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

Drhysted says...

We can clearly see that Maureen Holding is willing to share the NF on her terms only (remember folks she's the one who claimed a cyclist overtook her doing over 30 in Brockenhurst which if true would have team Sky down here pronto). UKCE (a local firm in the NF) this year are holding 3 events in the NF, that is 6 days total (or 1.6% of a year) this is a reduction from last year, so Dr Lewis they are not increasing (time for you to leave office I think).
The greatest damage I have seen to the NF this year was when a commoner released over 60 head of cattle in 1 area during the (very) wet period, so please get over yourselves, and learn to share properly (look it up in a dictionary).
We can clearly see that Maureen Holding is willing to share the NF on her terms only (remember folks she's the one who claimed a cyclist overtook her doing over 30 in Brockenhurst which if true would have team Sky down here pronto). UKCE (a local firm in the NF) this year are holding 3 events in the NF, that is 6 days total (or 1.6% of a year) this is a reduction from last year, so Dr Lewis they are not increasing (time for you to leave office I think). The greatest damage I have seen to the NF this year was when a commoner released over 60 head of cattle in 1 area during the (very) wet period, so please get over yourselves, and learn to share properly (look it up in a dictionary). Drhysted
  • Score: 8

12:47pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Aj1ac1 says...

We are lucky to live in the Forest and should embrace these events - they bring much needed business to the area. The National Park is for all to share - the large cycling events are infrequent and do not cause pollution. Some minor inconvenience to locals is caused by all sorts of things up and down the country....marathons
, carnivals, Olympic/ commonwealth games etc. I live in the Forest and definitely do not agree with the grumpy, possessive residents who seem to be complaining. The area is for all to share.
We are lucky to live in the Forest and should embrace these events - they bring much needed business to the area. The National Park is for all to share - the large cycling events are infrequent and do not cause pollution. Some minor inconvenience to locals is caused by all sorts of things up and down the country....marathons , carnivals, Olympic/ commonwealth games etc. I live in the Forest and definitely do not agree with the grumpy, possessive residents who seem to be complaining. The area is for all to share. Aj1ac1
  • Score: 8

1:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

TobyB1960 says...

Why don't we organise a 4x4 rally then we can wipe all the New Forest ponies!
Why don't we organise a 4x4 rally then we can wipe all the New Forest ponies! TobyB1960
  • Score: -6

1:38pm Thu 17 Jul 14

SilvanDryad says...

I live in the Forest. Yes, there may be a bit of disruption, but it will be as nothing compared to the massive jams caused by the New Forest Show. And the participants will be keen, regular cyclists, not the usual holiday makers who pedal with their insteps on badly fitted hire bikes, weaving all over the road while wearing headphones and no helmet. Not to mention the ones who ride two abreast on the A337 or B3055 Mill Lane, where no sane local would dream of cycling.
I live in the Forest. Yes, there may be a bit of disruption, but it will be as nothing compared to the massive jams caused by the New Forest Show. And the participants will be keen, regular cyclists, not the usual holiday makers who pedal with their insteps on badly fitted hire bikes, weaving all over the road while wearing headphones and no helmet. Not to mention the ones who ride two abreast on the A337 or B3055 Mill Lane, where no sane local would dream of cycling. SilvanDryad
  • Score: -2

1:47pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Crystaltps says...

A really good way to deter visitors to the Forest, unless you can get there by bike. They need to put up signs saying cars not welcome, I know lots of people who longer visit and take there money else where.
A really good way to deter visitors to the Forest, unless you can get there by bike. They need to put up signs saying cars not welcome, I know lots of people who longer visit and take there money else where. Crystaltps
  • Score: 8

5:16pm Thu 17 Jul 14

loosehead says...

Before people go blaming any Councillor or Mp about being negative you have to ask why they're against it?
as with another issue relating to the New forest/Waterside the people against are much more vocal than those for so come on New Forest Residents/Watersider
s let the local politicians know you are indeed in favour of change & in this case a healthy leisure pursuit taking place where you live you have the power as it's less than a year to the General Election so the politicians will listen.
Before people go blaming any Councillor or Mp about being negative you have to ask why they're against it? as with another issue relating to the New forest/Waterside the people against are much more vocal than those for so come on New Forest Residents/Watersider s let the local politicians know you are indeed in favour of change & in this case a healthy leisure pursuit taking place where you live you have the power as it's less than a year to the General Election so the politicians will listen. loosehead
  • Score: -2

5:40pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

loosehead wrote:
Before people go blaming any Councillor or Mp about being negative you have to ask why they're against it?
as with another issue relating to the New forest/Waterside the people against are much more vocal than those for so come on New Forest Residents/Watersider

s let the local politicians know you are indeed in favour of change & in this case a healthy leisure pursuit taking place where you live you have the power as it's less than a year to the General Election so the politicians will listen.
Perhaps it would make things clearer if you understood that less than 3% of journeys are made on bicycles and the rest are made in.......... guess what. Politicians are accessible for anyone to lobby, and they the behave according to the democratic process or explain their actions to the electorate.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Before people go blaming any Councillor or Mp about being negative you have to ask why they're against it? as with another issue relating to the New forest/Waterside the people against are much more vocal than those for so come on New Forest Residents/Watersider s let the local politicians know you are indeed in favour of change & in this case a healthy leisure pursuit taking place where you live you have the power as it's less than a year to the General Election so the politicians will listen.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it would make things clearer if you understood that less than 3% of journeys are made on bicycles and the rest are made in.......... guess what. Politicians are accessible for anyone to lobby, and they the behave according to the democratic process or explain their actions to the electorate. Torchie1
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Torchie1 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Before people go blaming any Councillor or Mp about being negative you have to ask why they're against it?
as with another issue relating to the New forest/Waterside the people against are much more vocal than those for so come on New Forest Residents/Watersider


s let the local politicians know you are indeed in favour of change & in this case a healthy leisure pursuit taking place where you live you have the power as it's less than a year to the General Election so the politicians will listen.
Perhaps it would make things clearer if you understood that less than 3% of journeys are made on bicycles and the rest are made in.......... guess what. Politicians are accessible for anyone to lobby, and they the behave according to the democratic process or explain their actions to the electorate.
1.5 MILLION journeys made by bicycle each day and that's only the ones that are known about, so it could be 3 million a day.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Before people go blaming any Councillor or Mp about being negative you have to ask why they're against it? as with another issue relating to the New forest/Waterside the people against are much more vocal than those for so come on New Forest Residents/Watersider s let the local politicians know you are indeed in favour of change & in this case a healthy leisure pursuit taking place where you live you have the power as it's less than a year to the General Election so the politicians will listen.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it would make things clearer if you understood that less than 3% of journeys are made on bicycles and the rest are made in.......... guess what. Politicians are accessible for anyone to lobby, and they the behave according to the democratic process or explain their actions to the electorate.[/p][/quote]1.5 MILLION journeys made by bicycle each day and that's only the ones that are known about, so it could be 3 million a day. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -1

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