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As a Surrey resident, a daily car driver in the Surrey Hills and a cyclist I hope to offer a balanced view.
I think an accurate figure of road closures needs to be shown as it is not the case that this is happening regularly. To my knowledge it is once a year for the Pru and once for the Vachery triathlon.
I don’t think this is unacceptable given the benefits that major sporting events and training for such events brings to our towns and villages. One only needs to look at the local cafes to see how busy they are on wet rainy Sunday’s with cyclists! Without these Lycra clad people, they would be empty on such days.
On the weekend of the Vachery triathlon, Cranleigh was significantly busier than usual on a Saturday and people were spending money in shops, cafes and restaurants.
Perhaps we should all consider how we can get on better together with a bit of give and take. Yes, cyclists must respect the high way code and ride sensibly, but so too must car drivers. Waiting for an extra 10secs to overtake a bike or pack of bikes will not impact your day at all, but it could prevent a major accident.
The UK is riding a wave of sport following the Olympics, so let’s embrace it. Surely whether you are an anti cyclist or an avid rider, you agree that getting out in the fresh air on your bike in Surrey is good for our health.