Horse riders’ demands delay cycling reforms
October 30 2016
Horse riders are getting in the way of cycling reform as they demand to be included in a blueprint for cycling.
More than 1,500 equestrians have written to the Department for Transport asking that they should not be banned from cycle lanes, which will be protected by wider segregation from traffic.
They say these horse and cycle lanes should be made of softer materials, which would be better for horses’ hooves, but slow down cyclists.
They also want the Highway Code to be rewritten to drop guidance that says riders “should not take a horse on to a cycle track”, according to the Sunday Times.
The DfT is now having to respond to these requests, delaying the cycling blueprint yet further.
The British Horse Society is behind the campaign, running a template letter on its website, which has led to nearly half of the cycling blueprint consultation responses being dominated by horse riders.