Competitive cyclist concerned over state of district's roads

Halstead Gazette: Competitive cyclist concerned over state of district's roads Competitive cyclist concerned over state of district's roads

A competitive cyclist believes it could take a fatality before “atrocious” road surfaces are fixed.

John Clarke, of Hospital Field, Black Notley, recently qualified in his age group for the GB Duathlon team but claims he is finding it increasingly difficult to train on the county’s roads.

He is also concerned for cyclists taking part in Tour De France, which will see more than 200 competitors speed through the Braintree district on July 7 as they complete stage three of the event.

At a recent Tour De France briefing, organisers admitted road surfaces were inspected before the recent deluge of wet weather.

Essex Highways head of network and safety Liz Burr said they would aim to make repairs in June, if for example, they were currently scheduled for August.
 

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11:45am Tue 25 Mar 14

Rose77 says...

I absolutely agree. Having recently taken up road cycling I am appalled by the state of the roads in this area. I drive a car also, pay my taxes but choose to also ride a road bike in my spare time for fitness reasons and I am also training for numerous events this year, including a 100 mile sportive in August.

I have suffered punctures due to pot holes, which you simply can't avoid if you are also being closely overtaken by a car. I urge those that make decisions about pot hole funding to get out there on a bike and see for themselves how dangerous the roads currently are.

Mr Clarke is right to think a fatality will result if no action is taken.
I absolutely agree. Having recently taken up road cycling I am appalled by the state of the roads in this area. I drive a car also, pay my taxes but choose to also ride a road bike in my spare time for fitness reasons and I am also training for numerous events this year, including a 100 mile sportive in August. I have suffered punctures due to pot holes, which you simply can't avoid if you are also being closely overtaken by a car. I urge those that make decisions about pot hole funding to get out there on a bike and see for themselves how dangerous the roads currently are. Mr Clarke is right to think a fatality will result if no action is taken. Rose77
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