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Snake Pass protest: Cyclists ignore road closure to reclaim car-free route

Snake Pass protest: Cyclists ignore road closure to reclaim car-free route

Snake Pass protest (Image credit: Harry Gray/Twitter) An estimated 60-strong group of cyclists took part in Saturday’s Snake Pass protest, dubbed the Snake Tresspass. After…

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Snake Pass protest (Image credit: Harry Gray/Twitter) An estimated 60-strong group of cyclists took part in Saturday’s Snake Pass protest, dubbed the Snake Tresspass.

After the A57, one of the area’s busiest roads, connecting Manchester and Sheffield via Glossop, was shut for urgent maintenance due to landslides caused by storms Eunice and Franklin, the scenic Peak District climb was described as a cyclist’s paradise.

However, last week Derbyshire County Council announced cyclists and pedestrians would also be banned, prompting accusations of an "anti-cyclist decision dressed up cheaply as health and safety".

Many cyclists pointed out the irony of Snake Pass never being safer now drivers cannot use it, and plans for a protest ride were drawn up. Despite calls from FDJ-Groupama pro rider Jake Stewart to cancel the ‘Tresspass’, a group of around 50-60 riders amassed in Glossop before riding the route to the top, unchallenged by workers.

> Groupama-FDJ pro Jake Stewart warns against Snake Pass trespass – questions "how this will be conducive to finding harmony with motorists"

One participant reported "the workers at the barrier were really nice and friendly." Amongst the group were families, a cargo bike rider, and a cyclist using a Beryl hire bike. Walkers were also spotted enjoying the empty roads and scenic views. On Friday, national cycling charity Cycling UK appeared set to challenge the council’s decision to close the road to cyclists and walkers, before saying the route is not closed to cyclists: Cycling UK is writing to Derbyshire County Council […]

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