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‘120 HORSE RIDERS’ TO HIT THE ISLAND’S ROADS IN DAY OF ACTION


Over 100 horse riders equipped with cameras are expected to cause travel disruption on the Isle of Wight’s roads in April as part of a nationwide campaign to get motorists to ‘pass wide and slow’.

Ride outs are being organised for 11:00 on Sunday 14th April with large groups of around 20 horses and their riders set to take to some of the Island’s busiest roads, according to a local Facebook event. These roads include Havenstreet to Newport, Wroxall to Ventnor and even Ryde Town Centre. Other groups will take to areas such as Porchfield, Godshill and Freshwater.

Although motorists are being encouraged to pass at 15mph and 2 metres distance away from the horses, it is unclear how easy this will be for drivers when faced with blind bends, narrow roads and such a large number of horses grouped together, which could stretch to around 60m in length.

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Each group will be recording the actions of motorists.

The event is being organised to raise awareness of the national ‘Pass Wide & Slow’ campaign. A petition to the Government to make it law for motorists to pass wide and slow has attracted 140,000 signatures.

Pedestrians and cyclists are also being encouraged to join the horse riders for the day of action, according to a newsletter from CycleWight.

A £5 entry fee is being put in place to cover the cost of a commemorative rosette and the creation of 2 awareness banners for each group.

Police and Southern Vectis will be notified of all of the final routes, it is understood.

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