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Sky Ride brought York to a standstill
I WOULD like to congratulate the council once again for clogging up the roads and making navigating the city a challenge for people who work here and have a living to make.
And then someone decides to make a mess of it all on a Saturday with the roads all given over to cyclists.
I’m looking forward to Sky ‘balloon day’ to get people to work and make sure deliveries arrive on time. God forbid anyone might wish to use any form of motorised transport.
Mr C Dale, Huntington, York.
• I HOPE the organisers and participants enjoyed themselves on Saturday when they were treated to a “taste of riding through traffic-free streets”.
Due to the road closures, York was brought to a virtual standstill for five hours. It was the nearest we have ever seen to total gridlock – and on a Saturday afternoon of all times!
Do the powers-that-be have any idea how much damage will have been caused to city-centre trade? Do they care about the inconvenience caused to thousands of York citizens who were denied travel by car, taxi or bus?
This is yet another example of the council’s fanatical desire to make this a totally cycling city with no regard for anyone else.
No doubt we will be told the event was a great success. Well it wasn’t for me (boo hiss, a motorist) when it took 40 minutes to get from Micklegate to the Theatre Royal.
Why doesn’t the council ‘fast-track’ matters and ban all traffic from within the City Walls and make York the shop-less museum it will undoubtedly become as they treat the people of York like this.
D Mcternan, Fossway, York.
• CITY of York Council should put its own residents first. Yes, York depends on its income from tourists and visitors, but it should never forget its residents.
Unfortunately, I often feel residents are expected to tolerate anything. One such example was last Saturday’s Sky Ride York cycling event.
Bus services were severely disrupted with diversions, causing considerable inconvenience to passengers. Even the bus drivers were confused and irritated.
It is difficult enough dealing with disruption caused by frequent race meetings and numerous other events on Knavesmire. Unnecessary inconvenience in York city centre is unacceptable.
C S Jeffrey, East Mount Road, York.
• I GATHER that several traders in York were not happy about the cycling event which took place in York on Saturday and I am in total agreement.
I would not be surprised if quite a few tourists were also annoyed by the way in which the city was taken over when they had come to view the sights and not to spend their time dodging cyclists.
Once again it seems that those who pay nothing to use the roads, are not subject to compulsory insurance, do not have to maintain their vehicles to a roadworthy standard and regard the Highway Code as fiction are allowed to use the roads without making any contribution whatsoever.
MC Usherwood, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.
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