Letter: Cinder track will be a ‘cycle motorway’

The start of the Whitby to Scarborough Cinder Track. w1448 .  Pic Scott Wicking.
The start of the Whitby to Scarborough Cinder Track. w1448 . Pic Scott Wicking.

So Scarborough Borough Council wish to pass on responsiblity for the old railway track to the cycling charity Sustrans, who will cover it with Tarmac.

Am I not right in thinking that when they rescued the route in the 1970s following the Beeching closure, it was designated as a public bridleway?

If so, a hard Tarmac surface is likely to be as unsuitable for horses as it is for walkers.

Sustrans have undoubtedly done a fine job in many places in encouraging cycling for health and preserving off-road routes, but my group, the Railway Ramblers, find that whenever they take over old railway lines (which are usually quite straight and level) these inevitably become virtually “cycle motorways” with the cyclists riding as fast as they can, expecting walkers and horse riders to get out of their way.

When they come up behind us suddenly, we always encourage cyclists to ring the bell so that we can make room, but contrary to what the Highway Code used to decree, they rarely seem to have such “audible warning of approach” fitted on bikes these days.

Jane Ellis,

Railway Ramblers Yorkshire Branch,

Ridgeway, Low Hawsker,

Whitby