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Black clouds over Sky Ride
I HAVE to disagree with Anna Semlyen that the Sky Ride was a triumph (Letters, Setpember 17).
For myself and several others on the number 6 bus from the hospital trying to get to the railway station it was a complete disaster as we all missed our trains.
The bus went nowhere near Rougier Street, nor did the number 1 go to the station.
Why was it necessary to close roads to public transport, inconveniencing the bus-travelling public?
If the cycle riders were looking where they were going, surely they had no time to gawp at the sights.
Why not plan this event on Elvington airfield or other similar site?
Tony Cleaver, Bramley Garth, York.
• COUN Anna Semlyen praises the Sky Ride as a triumph (Letters, September 17).
Is this the same councillor who believes 20mph speed restrictions are essential even though a survey overwhelmingly rejected it?
Here is my slant on Sky Ride: Public transport into the city centre from Clifton was chaotic.
Many city centre roads were barricaded, making free access very difficult.
Traders have complained that trade was down.
Traders also complained their suppliers could not deliver because of road restrictions.
Arrogant cyclists were treating the circuit as a racetrack, ignoring the needs of pedestrians.
Cyclists were not using the path believing that they could go where they want (wrong way in pedestrian zones) – so at least no change there.
Encouraging people to cycle is laudable. Closing off most of York city centre on a Saturday is crass.
Neil Raw, Oriel Grove, Clifton Without, York.
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