Randonnee riders face floating bridge disruption

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Randonnee riders face floating bridge disruption

Randonnee riders face disruption due to maintenance work on the Cowes Floating Bridge. Picture by Peter Boam.

LAST minute changes for thousands of cyclists are being put in place by Randonnee organisers after the Isle of Wight Council revealed it was likely the floating bridge would not be back in service in time for the event.

Up to 2,000 cyclists are expected to take part in what will be the 30th staging of the round the Isle of Wight ride on Sunday, but they now face diversions, after maintenance of the Cowes to East Cowes chain ferry overran.

A meeting is being staged tomorrow (Wednesday) between representatives of the organisers — the Island’s Wayfarer Touring Club — and the Isle of Wight Council, to finalise a plan.

Organisers appealed to motorists to be patient during the event, which is sponsored by the Isle of Wight County Press.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, May 2.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by James McAdder

1st May 2014, at 13:35:23


The usual suspects post the same garbage diatribe about "road tax" every time cyclists are mentioned. Every time they whine about cyclists not paying road tax, despite:-

There is no such thing as "road tax" (it is vehicle excise duty).

VED does NOT pay for the upkeep of IW roads (it comes out of the
council tax)

There are plenty of cars on the road that pay ZERO VED (old classic cars and low / zero emission vehicles).

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by Alex Paul

1st May 2014, at 08:47:38

@George time for some bad education. Cyclists do not pay Vehicle Emissions Duty, but they do pay for the maintenance and usage of roads through general taxation. Sorry to *pop* that bubble. Being a cyclist (and a law abiding one at that) I encounter good and bad road use every day from cyclists, drivers, motorcyclists, horse riders, pedestrians, dog walkers but if theres one thing I have learned to avoid it is generalising them because most people are eminently sensible and just trying to get where they are going. It is easy to drive like you have organs for transplant on the back seat, but the shop will still be there if you take a couple of minutes to let a cyclist do their thing and pass them safely further on.

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by Steve Smith

1st May 2014, at 06:53:07

perhaps Kevin Froment can tell us where these mile long hills are? Then maybe he could explain why motorists can pass a bycycle being pushed but not a bycycle being ridden.

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by Robin Joy

1st May 2014, at 06:44:00

It wasn't the sentiment of Colin's remark which prompted me to reply (I'm no fan of the invading two wheelers, but live and let live), rather the way it was expressed.

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by Alan Rowe

30th April 2014, at 21:43:29

Oh dear, another bitter diatribe directed at cyclists. Never mind, this tsunami of misery will not quench the fire of boundless enthusiasm displayed by the Randonnee riders on Sunday, hurrah!

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by kevin froment

30th April 2014, at 17:36:28

not saying all but there are a few that think they have a right to hold up traffic for mile after mile, especially riding up long hills, if they cant manage more than 4 miles an hour why dont they just get off and walk, preferably on the pavement, if i drove at that speed id get nicked so why dont they

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by James McAdder

30th April 2014, at 08:27:19

Oops, sorry about the typo. I didn't mean to refer to Colin as a part of the lower intestinal tract.

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by James McAdder

30th April 2014, at 08:26:15

I think Colon is one of those people who thinks the road is for his own personal use, and certainly not for the likes of cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians, etc.

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by Robin Joy

29th April 2014, at 21:16:45

State of the art contribution Colin. Care to clarify?

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by Colin Barton

29th April 2014, at 16:50:12

Excellent news,on yer bike!

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