A parish council in has written to 10 cycling clubs in Cheshire to complain about the behaviour of groups of cyclists passing through their village, claiming they ride too fast and create a danger to local residents, litter, shout and swear and even urinate in public.
The letter was sent by Great Budworth Parish Council to clubs including Weaver Valley and North Cheshire Clarion, both of which insist that their members ride considerately, reports Telegraph.co.uk.
The letter was signed by parish council clerk Caroline Marshall, and read: "We have received a number of complaints from residents within the village regarding the conduct of cyclists riding though the village.
"Frequently cyclists come through Great Budworth at a dangerous speed (often in group formations) that are dangerous to both other road users and pedestrians.
"Whilst we appreciate that riders enjoy travelling through such a picturesque village as ours we would like to ask them to be more considerate of the residents who live there. Repeatedly cyclists are overheard using offensive language and generally shouting as they travel through.
"It has also been reported that cyclists have been seen urinating in the street, and within both our Upper and Lower Pump houses, historical landmarks in the village.
"We consider all of this conduct unacceptable and urge you strongly to remind your members about what should be considered acceptable behaviour."
Parish council chairman Hilary Brudenell said the letter was intended encourage some riders to be more responsible.
"We are on the Cheshire cycling way and the village is a well-entrenched route for cyclists and in all honesty we have not had complaints before now,” he said.
"This is the first complaint we have sent out and we just hope its acts as a gentle warning to some cyclists to be a little more considerate in future."
Several villagers quoted, however, were more forthright in their views, with the speed that groups of what they said were up to 30 cyclists were travelling at a common complaint.
One described cyclists as “a total menace” and said she would ban them from the village.
Another claimed: “They come down the high street really fast, shouting and swearing at each other. They litter and throw Lucozade bottles out in the street.”
In a joint statement, North Cheshire Clarion and Weaver Valley CC insisted their members behaved responsibly and that it was a “"small minority" of riders not linked to them that were to blame.
"Simply, the issues raised by the parish council do not refer to any of Weaver Valley Club, or North Cheshire Clarion club members, who ride with respect and to the Highway Code on all of the roads that we find ourselves on.,” they wrote
"We are well-known and respected local clubs which engage with our local communities with mutual respect and understanding."
The parish council’s letter was sent out following a meeting in June between Mr Brudenell and two follow councillors with Cheshire Police and the Highways Department of Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The meeting addressed issues including speeding motorists and implementing parking restrictions. On the subject of cycling, the parish council’s notes record that the advice it received was:
Support writing to cycling clubs and national bodies to highlight issues. Cyclists are mainly on unofficial ‘rides’ and therefore difficult to regulate. Difficult to take action as not considered to be a significant problem.
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