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David Martin

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South Yorkshire Police ban road racing
« on: August 07, 2015, 06:39:53 pm »
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/south-yorkshire-road-race-cancelled-as-police-suspend-all-racing-in-area-186443?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

It would be interesting to see under what authority they have been able to take this decision. The Cyle Racing on the Highway act has specific authorities and permissions laid out.
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Re: South Yorkshire Police ban road racing
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2015, 07:13:12 pm »

Re: South Yorkshire Police ban road racing
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2015, 09:05:09 pm »
The piece I saw on this (earlier, so I've lost the link) suggested that British Cycling had had concerns about revisions to the law in ?2012 that effectively gave any individual copper the power to ban events. I think it linked to their consultation response, or something similar.

Re: South Yorkshire Police ban road racing
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 03:02:05 pm »

Re: South Yorkshire Police ban road racing
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2015, 09:46:17 am »
That seems is if progress may be made.  Shame about "vibrant".

Re: South Yorkshire Police ban road racing
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2015, 03:11:26 pm »
Cheshire Police have been taking a similar stance.

In both cases, there is some evidence that the incidents causing the reaction by the police were not races, but were more likely to be sportives. The public, of course, see cyclists with numbers on, and not unreasonably assume that a race is being held.

Personally, I believe that some sort of regulation/supervision/permission/notification is needed for sportives/charity rides etc if we are to protect our currently regulated events such as road races and time trials.

The "Wiggins effect" has been responsible for an explosion in cyclist numbers, it would be very cruel irony if it also killed off the very sport that started it.