Expect road diversions and delays during London to Brighton Bike Ride

Croydon Guardian: Cycling: The 39th London to Brighton Bike Ride takes place today, June 15 Cycling: The 39th London to Brighton Bike Ride takes place today, June 15

Drivers can expect delays and diversions on the roads today due to the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Areas most affected include Tooting High Street in both directions due to large groups of cyclists on the A217 Tooting Broadway going across the junction on their way towards Croydon.

Tooting High Street is blocked for a couple of minutes at regular intervals.

There is also bad traffic on the A217 Southbound between Garratt Lane, Upper Tooting and the A236 Upper Green West, Mitcham.

Carshalton High Street is partly closed and drivers will be diverted along Park Lane.

There are restrictions on the Southern railway network for cyclists, who are not allowed on any Southern or Gatwick Express services from the first train until noon.

The ride, in its 39th year, sees thousands of cyclists ride the 54-mile route to the coast.

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12:41pm Sun 15 Jun 14

buggsie says...

Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.
Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads. buggsie
  • Score: -30

4:56pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Lazydays says...

Can't comment on the trains, but one day you may be glad of the efforts of the cyclists today as it's all for charity, the British Heart Foundation.
Can't comment on the trains, but one day you may be glad of the efforts of the cyclists today as it's all for charity, the British Heart Foundation. Lazydays
  • Score: 25

9:10am Mon 16 Jun 14

PeterM says...

buggsie wrote:
Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.
You actually pay Vehicle Excise Duty, which is based upon emissions. Some cars, such as the Toyota Prius, are exempt and owners pay nothing, same as some Fiat 500s, some Audi A3s and some Volvos. All cars first registered prior to 1973 do not pay for their "Vehicle Licence" as you call it, nor do Police cars and Ambulances. Are they 'Freeloaders' as well. Over 1,000,000 cars are legitimately on the roads and do not pay for their 'Tax Disc'.

As for them being 'our roads', they are actually paid for and funded out of general taxation, Income Tax, VAT, Council Tax etc. The money raised from your 'Vehicle Licence' simply goes into the general pot and could in fact pay for Teachers or Police wages.

Finally, 85-90% of cyclists also have a driving licence. I've had mine since 1976, and not only do I drive a car, I have a motorbike and cycle 14 miles into London every day, or 140 miles a week commuting, that's over 6,000 miles a years cycling, about the same as I do in my car. I cycle to London because of the appalling over priced train service from Wallington to London Bridge, and it's quicker by about 15 minutes.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.[/p][/quote]You actually pay Vehicle Excise Duty, which is based upon emissions. Some cars, such as the Toyota Prius, are exempt and owners pay nothing, same as some Fiat 500s, some Audi A3s and some Volvos. All cars first registered prior to 1973 do not pay for their "Vehicle Licence" as you call it, nor do Police cars and Ambulances. Are they 'Freeloaders' as well. Over 1,000,000 cars are legitimately on the roads and do not pay for their 'Tax Disc'. As for them being 'our roads', they are actually paid for and funded out of general taxation, Income Tax, VAT, Council Tax etc. The money raised from your 'Vehicle Licence' simply goes into the general pot and could in fact pay for Teachers or Police wages. Finally, 85-90% of cyclists also have a driving licence. I've had mine since 1976, and not only do I drive a car, I have a motorbike and cycle 14 miles into London every day, or 140 miles a week commuting, that's over 6,000 miles a years cycling, about the same as I do in my car. I cycle to London because of the appalling over priced train service from Wallington to London Bridge, and it's quicker by about 15 minutes. PeterM
  • Score: 8

9:33am Mon 16 Jun 14

chesty36 says...

buggsie wrote:
Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.
If you think you can actually move along any of Tooting's over-congested roads in a vehicle on any normal day, then you are sorely mistaken. It is bumper to bumper every minute of every day as overweight, lazy drivers fill the air with toxic fumes. On yer bike, buggsie
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.[/p][/quote]If you think you can actually move along any of Tooting's over-congested roads in a vehicle on any normal day, then you are sorely mistaken. It is bumper to bumper every minute of every day as overweight, lazy drivers fill the air with toxic fumes. On yer bike, buggsie chesty36
  • Score: 13

10:35am Mon 16 Jun 14

bellboy007 says...

Had the misfortune of coming home early Sunday morning to be greeted by this lot. The route goes right by where I live, it has got better with the marshalls controlling major junctions but on Sunday, despite the marshall asking for a full minute or so for them to stop, they just carried on regardless so the poor chap had to literally walk in front of the cyclists to get them to stop to be greeted with a torrent of abuse. Disgusting arrogance and totally unnecessary abuse of someone who is there for their safety, giving up their time. Just thankful it's only once a year.
Had the misfortune of coming home early Sunday morning to be greeted by this lot. The route goes right by where I live, it has got better with the marshalls controlling major junctions but on Sunday, despite the marshall asking for a full minute or so for them to stop, they just carried on regardless so the poor chap had to literally walk in front of the cyclists to get them to stop to be greeted with a torrent of abuse. Disgusting arrogance and totally unnecessary abuse of someone who is there for their safety, giving up their time. Just thankful it's only once a year. bellboy007
  • Score: -4

9:06pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Nichu44 says...

A very cynical headline from the Sutton Guardian. For every article that mentions cycling, it is always followed by someone trotting out the "freeloading" argument. A good response from PeterM.

Surely people were cycling on the roads long before motorists came along, causing congestion, pollution, death and damage to "our" roads. If you look at footage of London and Sutton from many years ago you will see plenty of bikes. And thin people. Just saying...
A very cynical headline from the Sutton Guardian. For every article that mentions cycling, it is always followed by someone trotting out the "freeloading" argument. A good response from PeterM. Surely people were cycling on the roads long before motorists came along, causing congestion, pollution, death and damage to "our" roads. If you look at footage of London and Sutton from many years ago you will see plenty of bikes. And thin people. Just saying... Nichu44
  • Score: 5

9:30pm Mon 16 Jun 14

buggsie says...

So glad all you cyclists want to breath in fumes from buses, lorries, white vans, taxis, mini cabs - keep it up.
So glad all you cyclists want to breath in fumes from buses, lorries, white vans, taxis, mini cabs - keep it up. buggsie
  • Score: -6

9:38am Tue 17 Jun 14

lewistucket says...

buggsie wrote:
Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.
Ignoring the old arguments about VED/"Road Tax", why would anyone think their insurance or MOT pay for "our roads"?

All of the taxes and bills you pay on your car, are for the running and social costs of your car. The roads are paid for by tax payers, which include cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians and every other user of the public highway. Take a closer look at your council tax bill sometime.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Really good in the UK now isn't it. No trains running today through lack of staff (and yet the country is overpopulated) and can't use the roads which we pay Vehicle Licence, Insurance, MOT, Petrol for to let freeloaders have the use of our roads.[/p][/quote]Ignoring the old arguments about VED/"Road Tax", why would anyone think their insurance or MOT pay for "our roads"? All of the taxes and bills you pay on your car, are for the running and social costs of your car. The roads are paid for by tax payers, which include cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians and every other user of the public highway. Take a closer look at your council tax bill sometime. lewistucket
  • Score: 4

9:39am Tue 17 Jun 14

lewistucket says...

buggsie wrote:
So glad all you cyclists want to breath in fumes from buses, lorries, white vans, taxis, mini cabs - keep it up.
The air quality inside your car is much worse.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: So glad all you cyclists want to breath in fumes from buses, lorries, white vans, taxis, mini cabs - keep it up.[/p][/quote]The air quality inside your car is much worse. lewistucket
  • Score: 4

7:11pm Tue 17 Jun 14

imalaydee says...

For all those having a go at the cyclists... my husband gave up his Sunday to get up at 4am and start cycling at 7am the 56 miles to Brighton, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and premature Babies, he had to breath in the smoke of all the car drivers and lorries, cycle through umpteen hills and saw at least one person die...

Hope you enjoyed your Sunday morning cooked Breakfasts, let's hope they don't bring on a heart attack, as without people like my husband and the 27,999 others (who didn't have time for breakfast),who raised necessary funds, the treatment you get may be a lot poorer.
For all those having a go at the cyclists... my husband gave up his Sunday to get up at 4am and start cycling at 7am the 56 miles to Brighton, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and premature Babies, he had to breath in the smoke of all the car drivers and lorries, cycle through umpteen hills and saw at least one person die... Hope you enjoyed your Sunday morning cooked Breakfasts, let's hope they don't bring on a heart attack, as without people like my husband and the 27,999 others (who didn't have time for breakfast),who raised necessary funds, the treatment you get may be a lot poorer. imalaydee
  • Score: 1

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