Surrey County Council
The UKIP candidate in Mole Valley, the constituency that includes Box Hill, says that if elected he will lobby to have cycling events there moved to Uxbridge – where Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is standing for the Conservative Party and is expected to secure his return to the House of Commons.
There are too many cycling events using Box Hill and too many reports of anti-social behaviour by riders. That was the message from residents of the area to local police and council representatives at a public meeting last week.
Plan to get more people cycling in Surrey gains approval but critics call for curbs on races and sportives
Plans to provide facilities and training for for everyday cycling in Surrey's Mole Valley, which includes the towns of Leatherhead and Dorking and the cyclist magnet that is Box Hill, have been used by some locals to once again criticise the growth in the number of cycling events in the area. Either that or some people really can't tell the difference between a 30,000-rider sportive and kids riding their bikes to school.
A cyclist has urged Surrey County Council to take steps to repair a road defect that has caused a number of riders to come off their bikes in recent weeks, with a number of them being taken away by ambulance, and says action needs to be taken “before someone gets killed.” A council official yesterday said it would get someone to look at the location “immediately.”
Fears that this year’s Guildford Town Centre Race would have to be cancelled on safety grounds due to the condition of the road surface have receded after Surrey County Council pledged to make repairs ahead of the event on 9 July.
The race, organised by Charlotteville Cycling Club, has been held in the county town since 1984, but a raised kerb due to resurfacing works on Market Street, the fastest part of the circuit, put the event at risk due to concerns over riders’ safety.
Cyclists usually welcome road surface improvements, but in Guildford resurfacing work is jeopardising the running of the Guildford Town Centre race on July 9.
Surrey County Council has welcomed changes to the routes used in August’s Prudential RideLondon Festival that mean many local roads will be reopened up to three hours earlier than during last year’s inaugural event.
The council says that the amndements reflect feedback to the organisers both from itself and from local residents following the first editions last August of the sportive and professional race that take the event out of the capital and into Surrey.
They don't just dislike road cycling in Surrey. Objections to people having fun on bikes have kept a new mountain bike trail closed at Leith Hill while Surrey County Council waits for a formal complaint from local equestrians.
The British Horse Society said the track, which has been built on National Trust land, is too close to existing bridleways and the potential combination of horses and cyclists could be fatal.
Surrey County Council and local anti-cycling protesters have been blamed by the company that organies two major trialthlons in the county for its decision to cese trading and cancel the events.
Brave Events, the organisers of two major triathlon events that made their debut in Surrey last year, has ceased trading, blaming what it terms "a dispute with Surrey County Council" that it suggests may be linked to "highly vocal" opposition to cycling events in the area.
Surrey Council Council pushes for sportive organisers to be forced to give a year's notice of events
Surrey County Council is to push for government legislation to force mass participation ride organisers to notify various authorities at least a year in advance of their taking place, although it has not yet defined the type of rides to be targeted.