Residents ‘trapped’ again during cycle event

The annual Pedal for Scotland event requires numerous raod closures which upset residents
The annual Pedal for Scotland event requires numerous raod closures which upset residents

The fallout from the Pedal for Scotland event continued at the latest Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council meeting.

Scotland’s biggest charity cycle event was held on Sunday, September 10 and despite improvements to the access in and out of the town from the east end, some residents were still unable to get out of their homes because of road closures.

At the meeting one resident said: “There are quite a lot of elderly in the town. My aunt stays in Philip Avenue and people in the street couldn’t get out at all.”

He added: “She’s locked up for the whole day and that is just unfair. You can’t block a whole street off, she’s 88 and relies on her car.”

Ron Smith, from the community council, said: “I think the balance is shifted too much in favour of the event.”

Councillor David Tait added: “No one is really against the event but no one is in favour of the full closure of the roads.

“All of these things were picked up in the local area committee meeting after last year’s event and could’ve been avoided.”

This year around 50 to 60 bikes suffered punctures after tacks were scattered on Station Road, Whitecross and Linlithgow.

A Cycling Scotland spokesperson said: “We’re sorry for the disruption this event causes residents and businesses and are doing what a charitable event reasonably can do to mitigate it.”