Peak District road unacceptable to cyclists

National cyclists’ organisation CTC has revealed that the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), a charity that it set up a decade ago to deal with legal issues affecting cyclists, has given notice to Sheffield City Council’s Highways Department that a road for which it is responsible and which is popular with cyclists is “out of repair.” Should the council take no action within the next four months, it may face court proceedings.

The road in question is Strines Moor in the Peak District, used in past in the Tour of Britain and said by CTC to be part of the route of the proposed Yorkshire Grand Départ of the 2016 Tour de France that a consortium led by the local tourism agency is currently bidding to stage.

Some parts of the road are impossible to cycle without hitting a pothole or other defect and as gradients are as steep as one in four, the safety of road users is compromised.

The action is being taken under section 56 of the Highways Act 1980, which allows any person to ask the local highways authority to take appropriate action when a road is “out of repair.” Should it not do so, magistrates’ court proceedings can follow.

Isn’t time motorists took a leaf out of the cyclist’s book? The roads in the Peak District, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire are in places unacceptable and where repairs are carried out, as soon as the poor weather is back, problems re-occur because the repair work was inadequate.

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