Horse riding is a healthy and therapeutic sport and
Hertfordshire has wonderful countryside, it’s just a shame
that concrete and cars are prohibiting the freedom to enjoy it.
Horses and their riders are among the most vulnerable groups of
road users, and I am writing to outline the dangers of Stansted
Road B1502, postcode SG12 9RS. I therefore urge you to revise the
speed limit, add pathway barriers and/or a Pegasus crossing with
the addition of signage.
I have tried numerous times to ride my horses from Gypsy Lane to Wood Hill Livery yard (and vice versa) seeking access to the bridleway for Hertford Heath and have found this to be a very risky and stressful experience.
Whilst there is a sign at the end of Gypsy Lane stating Roadside verge path for horses and riders to bridleway 17, this supposed ‘’verge path’’ is facing on-coming traffic immediately after a blind bend. The other side of the road is somewhat safer but both routes follow a bend, are uneven and extremely narrow.
No matter which side of the road I try, it is an extremely dangerous journey on horseback. Should I be forced to step into the road on a narrow part of the path, cars do not slow down or attempt to pass wide as stated in the Highway Code. If I manage to stay on the path, they totally disregard the fact that we are there, or that my horses can spook, causing a collision.
Horses are large and often unpredictable animals so expecting them to remain calm amongst speeding traffic, with unstable footing and a very noisy A10 underpass to get through is a recipe for disaster that even a military-trained horse would find taxing.
Riding on roads demands both common-sense and road-sense. All road users have a legal duty to care for other road users and should be conversant with the Highway Code. The lack of enforcement means that this is not the case on that road.
Speeding is proven to be one of the leading causes of collisions, yet you have a 60 mph speed limit alongside a makeshift bridleway. In accidents involving cars and horses, it is the horse and rider that invariably come off worse. I therefore request, and urge, you to make that part of the road safe for horse riders, pedestrians and cyclist all of whom wish to enjoy the countryside.
Started by: Hannah Gould
This ePetition runs from 20/09/2019 to 15/11/2019.
4 people have signed this ePetition.