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What happened at the Snake Pass ‘mass trespass’

What happened at the Snake Pass 'mass trespass'

Cyclists converge on the A57 Snake Pass after staging a mass trespass An estimated group of 100 cyclists and walkers descended on Snake Pass, as…

Tuesday, Mar 15

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Cyclists converge on the A57 Snake Pass after staging a mass trespass An estimated group of 100 cyclists and walkers descended on Snake Pass, as a "mass trespass" after the controversial closure of the popular route.

The event encouraged people to walk, cycle or run to the top of the route along the A57 in the Peak District, which is currently closed.

This comes after around 12 miles of the Snake Pass route between Manchester and Sheffield through the Derbyshire Peak District was closed on February 21, after heavy rainfall caused by numerous storms led landslips.

Originally the road was only closed to motorists, but on March 8, Derbyshire City Council announced it was closing the road for cyclists and walkers as well, amid safety concerns.

That decision was met with anger, and talks of a "mass trespass" started circulating on social media.

Around 100 bikers breached the A57 Snake Pass barrier in Glossop as part of the event yesterday (March 12), and the group were met with no resistance.

Instead they were handed flyers from the council warning them to be careful.Speaking to one of the cyclists taking part in the event, he expressed the idea of challenging the emergence of "car culture".Twitter user Dan ( @thirskazoid ) told Yorkshire Live that "car culture" is the tendency of blocking roads for everybody else merely because cars cannot pass by.Dan said: "I think it’s important to challenge decisions led by ‘car culture’. Just because a short section of the A57 is not passable by cars […]

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