New rules for mass cycling events in the New Forest

Bournemouth Echo: New rules for mass cycling events in the New Forest New rules for mass cycling events in the New Forest

A CHARTER has been drawn up in a bid to reduce the impact of mass cycling events in the New Forest.

The National Park Authority (NPA) and other organisations in the district have published a comprehensive blueprint for organisers of the events, which often attract more than 2,000 entrants.

It follows a flood of complaints about the speed and volume of cyclists taking part in the rides.

The latest event, the New Forest Spring Sportive, sparked a new round of controversy after saboteurs tried to disrupt the ride by throwing nails across the route and 18 cyclists were banned from all future events after urinating in public.

Last year the NPA and other organisations published a revised cycling charter in a bid to banish bad behaviour.

Now the same team has produced a draft charter that provides the organisers of mass cycling events with a long list of do's and don'ts.

The document contains advice on a range of issues, including how to liaise with local communities, provide effective marshalling and ensure that residents are able to supply plenty of feedback.

An NPA spokesman said: “The New Forest is unique in that it is a working forest with forestry, farming and equestrian activity on its narrow roads and tracks. Great care is needed to avoid unnecessary conflict and ensure the safety of all.

“We are confident that event organisers will find the charter useful and implements its recommendations.”

To read the full charter click here

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1:22pm Thu 1 May 14

Franks Tank says...

Anything in the charter about idiots not throwing tacks on the road, spraying mud on the road, tearing down direction signs or driving aggressively?

Thought not.
Anything in the charter about idiots not throwing tacks on the road, spraying mud on the road, tearing down direction signs or driving aggressively? Thought not. Franks Tank
  • Score: 15

1:28pm Thu 1 May 14

Mindvor says...

All seems very "common sense" to me but you cant argue with it's contents. I always think it's a shame when what amounts to common sense and general good manners needs to be spelled out to people but that's the world we now live in now, unfortunately.

Of course it wont stop the wails of anguish from those that are determined to be annoyed by such events but at least it will give the organisers a retort (i.e. "We complied fully with the charter.").

Just to troll a bit...perhaps a New Forest residents charter also that offers advice on the 'implementation of puncture hotspots' could be considered? ;)
All seems very "common sense" to me but you cant argue with it's contents. I always think it's a shame when what amounts to common sense and general good manners needs to be spelled out to people but that's the world we now live in now, unfortunately. Of course it wont stop the wails of anguish from those that are determined to be annoyed by such events but at least it will give the organisers a retort (i.e. "We complied fully with the charter."). Just to troll a bit...perhaps a New Forest residents charter also that offers advice on the 'implementation of puncture hotspots' could be considered? ;) Mindvor
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Thu 1 May 14

twynham says...

How about a charter for motorists who killed 181 animals last year?
How about a charter for motorists who killed 181 animals last year? twynham
  • Score: 19

2:01pm Thu 1 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Should that lot above be three abreast? ;-)
Should that lot above be three abreast? ;-) speedy231278
  • Score: 5

2:04pm Thu 1 May 14

Bob49 says...

Unfortunatelt that area (as with the Purbecks) is not suitable for these types of events .... more so the type of selfish cretins they attract.

However just as unfortunate (and very revealing) is the behaviour of those who disagree with these events.

Resorting to actions that could possible kill or seriously injure someone is not only reckless, but shows a very warped mind.

I expect more 'fun# to come before an eventual ban.
Unfortunatelt that area (as with the Purbecks) is not suitable for these types of events .... more so the type of selfish cretins they attract. However just as unfortunate (and very revealing) is the behaviour of those who disagree with these events. Resorting to actions that could possible kill or seriously injure someone is not only reckless, but shows a very warped mind. I expect more 'fun# to come before an eventual ban. Bob49
  • Score: -12

2:15pm Thu 1 May 14

speedy231278 says...

While I find mass cycling events highly annoying, there is no reason that they should be if they all follow the rules. It's the same for the London-Brighton ride every year. There's a part of Sussex where the road is made one-way for most of the day, and one lane given to cyclists and the other to the normal road traffic. Unfortunately, a lot of the cyclists give the rest a bad name by deciding both lanes are for their sole use. You won't ever get rid of the issue of cyclists ignoring the rules, any more than you'll stop car drivers speeding.
While I find mass cycling events highly annoying, there is no reason that they should be if they all follow the rules. It's the same for the London-Brighton ride every year. There's a part of Sussex where the road is made one-way for most of the day, and one lane given to cyclists and the other to the normal road traffic. Unfortunately, a lot of the cyclists give the rest a bad name by deciding both lanes are for their sole use. You won't ever get rid of the issue of cyclists ignoring the rules, any more than you'll stop car drivers speeding. speedy231278
  • Score: 15

4:16pm Thu 1 May 14

s-pb2 says...

Why should there be a charter for cyclists when mass car events take place where the participants also speed on the same roads on the other 364 days of the year?
Why should there be a charter for cyclists when mass car events take place where the participants also speed on the same roads on the other 364 days of the year? s-pb2
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Thu 1 May 14

Arthur Maureen says...

KOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Thu 1 May 14

Bandit_Mother says...

There are almost 400 of these events in this country over the year, it only seems to be a problem with residents of the New Forest.

I rode on this Sportive and did see a lot of people with punctures caused by the tacks. Financially painful too as a decent tyre will set you back a good £40 each and a tack will probably ruin a tyre. A real shame as all the locals I saw at the side of the road were smiling and happy to see us, kids with tables setup handing out water, people clapping as we went by etc. As a local, iIts somewhere I ride regularly and it was a great day. Reading the charter, I can’t see anything in there that wasn’t done by the organisers, it was exceptionally well organised.

It all seems like a storm in a teacup to me, stirred up mostly by the Daily Echo…!

It’s the Jurassic Beast Sportive in the Purbecks next weekend, I suspect it won't get a look in on here…
There are almost 400 of these events in this country over the year, it only seems to be a problem with residents of the New Forest. I rode on this Sportive and did see a lot of people with punctures caused by the tacks. Financially painful too as a decent tyre will set you back a good £40 each and a tack will probably ruin a tyre. A real shame as all the locals I saw at the side of the road were smiling and happy to see us, kids with tables setup handing out water, people clapping as we went by etc. As a local, iIts somewhere I ride regularly and it was a great day. Reading the charter, I can’t see anything in there that wasn’t done by the organisers, it was exceptionally well organised. It all seems like a storm in a teacup to me, stirred up mostly by the Daily Echo…! It’s the Jurassic Beast Sportive in the Purbecks next weekend, I suspect it won't get a look in on here… Bandit_Mother
  • Score: 12

5:43pm Thu 1 May 14

ranger_bob says...

OK, really bored with the antis now. The New Forest is a public open space. If the "locals" don't want to share it clear out and live somewhere else.

I was born and raised in the Forest and have no problem with these events.
OK, really bored with the antis now. The New Forest is a public open space. If the "locals" don't want to share it clear out and live somewhere else. I was born and raised in the Forest and have no problem with these events. ranger_bob
  • Score: 18

5:46pm Thu 1 May 14

Bob49 says...

Jurassic 'Beast' Sportive.... oh dear

or in reality a load of sad Colins and Trevors causing a nuisance to all and sundry as they over excite themselves about meaningless numbers.

"Oh look Colin I beat last years hill climb by O.021 secs , whilst only changng gears 4 times which gives an average ratio of .... blah...blah ....blah............
"
Jurassic 'Beast' Sportive.... oh dear or in reality a load of sad Colins and Trevors causing a nuisance to all and sundry as they over excite themselves about meaningless numbers. "Oh look Colin I beat last years hill climb by O.021 secs , whilst only changng gears 4 times which gives an average ratio of .... blah...blah ....blah............ " Bob49
  • Score: -15

6:54pm Thu 1 May 14

Eurowatcher says...

Can understand why the UK is the laughing stock of Mainland Europe when it comes to transport in any form.Stick to what you are good at Britain, the dumping ground of all the cr@p we dont want.Have a good day :-)
Can understand why the UK is the laughing stock of Mainland Europe when it comes to transport in any form.Stick to what you are good at Britain, the dumping ground of all the cr@p we dont want.Have a good day :-) Eurowatcher
  • Score: -3

9:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Eurowatcher says...

Finding negativaty very amusing amoungst myself and Friends.Very amusing reading what is said but can understand your frustration as studants visiting your town a month ago living in such a dirty place must be upseting for you.
Finding negativaty very amusing amoungst myself and Friends.Very amusing reading what is said but can understand your frustration as studants visiting your town a month ago living in such a dirty place must be upseting for you. Eurowatcher
  • Score: -3

10:10pm Thu 1 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

Bob49 wrote:
Jurassic 'Beast' Sportive.... oh dear

or in reality a load of sad Colins and Trevors causing a nuisance to all and sundry as they over excite themselves about meaningless numbers.

"Oh look Colin I beat last years hill climb by O.021 secs , whilst only changng gears 4 times which gives an average ratio of .... blah...blah ....blah............

"
At least Colin and Trevor are out enjoying themselves, getting some exercise, socialising, raising money for charity and doing somthing that gives them a sense of achievement, its more than can be said about some of the sad moaners on here....
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Jurassic 'Beast' Sportive.... oh dear or in reality a load of sad Colins and Trevors causing a nuisance to all and sundry as they over excite themselves about meaningless numbers. "Oh look Colin I beat last years hill climb by O.021 secs , whilst only changng gears 4 times which gives an average ratio of .... blah...blah ....blah............ "[/p][/quote]At least Colin and Trevor are out enjoying themselves, getting some exercise, socialising, raising money for charity and doing somthing that gives them a sense of achievement, its more than can be said about some of the sad moaners on here.... boardsandphotos
  • Score: 10

10:26pm Thu 1 May 14

Bob49 says...

oh dear

raising money for charidee.... the first refuge of the shyster

if you feel that concerned about the charity then why not simply hand over the money direct, instead of hiding behind some pretence of self righteous worthiness

as to me then I did enjoy a cycle much earlier on, along the prom, bit wet on the way home however didn't feel the need to dress up as something that has just been shot out of a canon or dribble whilst I droned on endlessly about numbers

I shall take my usual stroll along the front tomorrow to look after someone for a few hours and then maybe walk along the cliff top back... enjoying the fresh air and enjoying the view ... I won't be counting the seconds it takes, nor wetting myself that I might have saved an extra second or two.

Life is far too short for such stuff, so why not relax my friend and recognise that life is not a race it's a dance, and those silly little numbers do not really matter a sheeps **** in a thunderstorm in the grand scheme of things

ps I'm not too sure what the other pee takers on here are doing, or do ... ...............nor do you come to that so probably best just to accept that most normal folk enjoy life without endulging in anal rententive number counting, so if you have a bike why not get out and enjoy a nice slow relaxing cycle, take in a pint or two and sit and watch the world go by
oh dear raising money for charidee.... the first refuge of the shyster if you feel that concerned about the charity then why not simply hand over the money direct, instead of hiding behind some pretence of self righteous worthiness as to me then I did enjoy a cycle much earlier on, along the prom, bit wet on the way home however didn't feel the need to dress up as something that has just been shot out of a canon or dribble whilst I droned on endlessly about numbers I shall take my usual stroll along the front tomorrow to look after someone for a few hours and then maybe walk along the cliff top back... enjoying the fresh air and enjoying the view ... I won't be counting the seconds it takes, nor wetting myself that I might have saved an extra second or two. Life is far too short for such stuff, so why not relax my friend and recognise that life is not a race it's a dance, and those silly little numbers do not really matter a sheeps **** in a thunderstorm in the grand scheme of things ps I'm not too sure what the other pee takers on here are doing, or do ... ...............nor do you come to that so probably best just to accept that most normal folk enjoy life without endulging in anal rententive number counting, so if you have a bike why not get out and enjoy a nice slow relaxing cycle, take in a pint or two and sit and watch the world go by Bob49
  • Score: -9

11:27pm Thu 1 May 14

s-pb2 says...

Bob49 wrote:
oh dear

raising money for charidee.... the first refuge of the shyster

if you feel that concerned about the charity then why not simply hand over the money direct, instead of hiding behind some pretence of self righteous worthiness

as to me then I did enjoy a cycle much earlier on, along the prom, bit wet on the way home however didn't feel the need to dress up as something that has just been shot out of a canon or dribble whilst I droned on endlessly about numbers

I shall take my usual stroll along the front tomorrow to look after someone for a few hours and then maybe walk along the cliff top back... enjoying the fresh air and enjoying the view ... I won't be counting the seconds it takes, nor wetting myself that I might have saved an extra second or two.

Life is far too short for such stuff, so why not relax my friend and recognise that life is not a race it's a dance, and those silly little numbers do not really matter a sheeps **** in a thunderstorm in the grand scheme of things

ps I'm not too sure what the other pee takers on here are doing, or do ... ...............nor do you come to that so probably best just to accept that most normal folk enjoy life without endulging in anal rententive number counting, so if you have a bike why not get out and enjoy a nice slow relaxing cycle, take in a pint or two and sit and watch the world go by
Dumbest post of the day. Criticising people raising money for charity.

Perhaps you should say that also to the people selling cakes for Help The Heroes in Verwood or the teenagers running a marathon to raise money for breast cancer sufferers or the schoolfriends of Connie Moore putting on a concert to raise money for meningitis charities.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: oh dear raising money for charidee.... the first refuge of the shyster if you feel that concerned about the charity then why not simply hand over the money direct, instead of hiding behind some pretence of self righteous worthiness as to me then I did enjoy a cycle much earlier on, along the prom, bit wet on the way home however didn't feel the need to dress up as something that has just been shot out of a canon or dribble whilst I droned on endlessly about numbers I shall take my usual stroll along the front tomorrow to look after someone for a few hours and then maybe walk along the cliff top back... enjoying the fresh air and enjoying the view ... I won't be counting the seconds it takes, nor wetting myself that I might have saved an extra second or two. Life is far too short for such stuff, so why not relax my friend and recognise that life is not a race it's a dance, and those silly little numbers do not really matter a sheeps **** in a thunderstorm in the grand scheme of things ps I'm not too sure what the other pee takers on here are doing, or do ... ...............nor do you come to that so probably best just to accept that most normal folk enjoy life without endulging in anal rententive number counting, so if you have a bike why not get out and enjoy a nice slow relaxing cycle, take in a pint or two and sit and watch the world go by[/p][/quote]Dumbest post of the day. Criticising people raising money for charity. Perhaps you should say that also to the people selling cakes for Help The Heroes in Verwood or the teenagers running a marathon to raise money for breast cancer sufferers or the schoolfriends of Connie Moore putting on a concert to raise money for meningitis charities. s-pb2
  • Score: 6

12:13am Fri 2 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

Bob49 wrote:
oh dear

raising money for charidee.... the first refuge of the shyster

if you feel that concerned about the charity then why not simply hand over the money direct, instead of hiding behind some pretence of self righteous worthiness

as to me then I did enjoy a cycle much earlier on, along the prom, bit wet on the way home however didn't feel the need to dress up as something that has just been shot out of a canon or dribble whilst I droned on endlessly about numbers

I shall take my usual stroll along the front tomorrow to look after someone for a few hours and then maybe walk along the cliff top back... enjoying the fresh air and enjoying the view ... I won't be counting the seconds it takes, nor wetting myself that I might have saved an extra second or two.

Life is far too short for such stuff, so why not relax my friend and recognise that life is not a race it's a dance, and those silly little numbers do not really matter a sheeps **** in a thunderstorm in the grand scheme of things

ps I'm not too sure what the other pee takers on here are doing, or do ... ...............nor do you come to that so probably best just to accept that most normal folk enjoy life without endulging in anal rententive number counting, so if you have a bike why not get out and enjoy a nice slow relaxing cycle, take in a pint or two and sit and watch the world go by
Doing a charity event is not just about the money, it's about raising awareness of a cause, fundraising, getting the media involved, advertising the charity while on the ride etc.

I suppose you don't approve of the London Marathon either?
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: oh dear raising money for charidee.... the first refuge of the shyster if you feel that concerned about the charity then why not simply hand over the money direct, instead of hiding behind some pretence of self righteous worthiness as to me then I did enjoy a cycle much earlier on, along the prom, bit wet on the way home however didn't feel the need to dress up as something that has just been shot out of a canon or dribble whilst I droned on endlessly about numbers I shall take my usual stroll along the front tomorrow to look after someone for a few hours and then maybe walk along the cliff top back... enjoying the fresh air and enjoying the view ... I won't be counting the seconds it takes, nor wetting myself that I might have saved an extra second or two. Life is far too short for such stuff, so why not relax my friend and recognise that life is not a race it's a dance, and those silly little numbers do not really matter a sheeps **** in a thunderstorm in the grand scheme of things ps I'm not too sure what the other pee takers on here are doing, or do ... ...............nor do you come to that so probably best just to accept that most normal folk enjoy life without endulging in anal rententive number counting, so if you have a bike why not get out and enjoy a nice slow relaxing cycle, take in a pint or two and sit and watch the world go by[/p][/quote]Doing a charity event is not just about the money, it's about raising awareness of a cause, fundraising, getting the media involved, advertising the charity while on the ride etc. I suppose you don't approve of the London Marathon either? boardsandphotos
  • Score: 9

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