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Groups work together to make Le Tour a safe success
12:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
The police and a Council have vowed to work with cycling groups to ensure the success of next year’s Tour de France.
Cycling groups have also agreed to work with the authorities to make sure cyclists behave safely and within the law on the area’s roads.
It follows comments made by a Craven councillor and shared by senior police officers at a council meeting about some groups of cyclists riding at high speeds through Embsay, near Skipton, which is on the National Cycling route.
The debate then went on to discuss the high numbers of cyclists expected in the area to try out the route of the Grand Depart.
Sean McKibben, chairman of Skipton Cycling Club, said cycling was an increasingly popular sport and everyone should work together to make sure all co-existed safely on the roads.
“The club is committed to supporting and educating riders as well as working with the police, council and other local agencies to ensure a safe and fun experience for all,” he said.
Chief superintendent Alison Higgins, director of operations at North Yorkshire Police, said everyone was looking forward to hosting two stages of the 2014 Tour de France and the police “truly welcomed” cyclists of all abilities.
She added that road traffic police and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, would work with cycling and tourism groups.
Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton, leader of Craven District Council, said: “We welcome the expected increase in cyclists, who will no doubt be visiting the district in even greater numbers.”