Thursday, 21 September 2017

Fears over triathlon cyclists

COUNCILLORS in Peppard are concerned about a triathlon cycle ride which is due to go through

COUNCILLORS in Peppard are concerned about a triathlon cycle ride which is due to go through the village.

Up to 500 riders will be taking part in the cycling leg of the Henley Highwayman on June 6, going through Peppard as well as Sonning Common, Kidmore End and Stoke Row.

The organisers say no road closures will be necessary as they will be using a Sportive-style start where the cyclists set off at different times.

But Peppard Parish Council says it is concerned about a lack of marshals or St John Ambulance staff.

Chairman Barry Wood, said: “There may be up to 500 cyclists. They will want to be racing and going around and across Peppard Common.



“There will be no St John Ambulance taking care of things — people will be looking after themselves.

“We have not been consulted about it and not given consideration. All in all, it has been a very poor exercise in communication.”

Councillor Leeanne Flett said she was concerned about cyclists being injured while Councillor Terry Ryan suggested that police might need to be present.

Event organiser Jeremy Laming said: “We have a safety plan in place.

“St John Ambulance would not be as effective in dealing with a big accident, if one were to happen, as a 999 call due to the distances involved in the cycling part of the event.

“If we had marshals they would have to control traffic, something we are not allowed to do.

“The people taking part in the event will be told they are essentially cycling the course on their own.

“We have strategically placed feed stations around the course so if something does happen we can get there as soon as possible.”



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