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Cycling UK urges council to publish evidence justifying closure of Snake Pass to cyclists

Cycling UK urges council to publish evidence justifying closure of Snake Pass to cyclists

Cycling UK has written a letter to Derbyshire County Council urging it to publish evidence of a risk assessment which justifies the cycling and walking…

Saturday, Mar 19

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Cycling UK has written a letter to Derbyshire County Council urging it to publish evidence of a risk assessment which justifies the cycling and walking ban on the A57 Snake Pass running 12-miles from Ladybower Reservoir to Glossop.

In the letter sent to Derbyshire County Council, Cycling UK states if there isn’t any justifiable evidence available, then the road should be reopened again to active travel users.

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s head of campaigns, said: “In the absence of a risk assessment, the council’s banning of people cycling and walking along a motor traffic-free stretch of road is baffling.

“Cycling UK calls on the council to publish their risk assessment justifying the ban, and if there isn’t any, to open-up the road to these activities for the enjoyment of families and others once more.”

Derbyshire County Council shut Snake Pass to motor traffic for at least four weeks on February 21, after heavy rain caused a number of landslips. Car-free cycling became very popular on the road, but on March 8, the council moved further to restrict all users on the A57.

Announcing the news via Twitter , the council said: "From today we are closing the A57 Snake Pass to all users, including cyclists and walkers, because of concerns over safety."

However, this received plenty of criticism from cyclists and walkers-alike as they challenged the reasoning behind the decision. Cycling UK has also questioned the council’s position, suggesting the council has done nothing to improve cyclist safety when the road was open to motor […]

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