Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Cycle ride causes gridlock on roads
Gridlocked roads triggered calls for a review of the effect city centre events have on weekend traffic.
Visitors to Brighton and Hove faced long delays yesterday during the London to Brighton Cycle Ride.
Buses were diverted from routes that were not directly affected as traffic tried to avoid the main course.
About 27,000 people took part in yesterday’s ride from Clapham Common to Brighton, held in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Many cyclists ended up walking up Ditchling Beacon, a steep climb just before the run to the finish.
Police said there were no significant incidents.
By the afternoon, though, the A23 London Road was said to be “gridlocked” by traffic trying to enter the city.
Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company diverted two services, which had been expected to run normally, because of what its Twitter updates described as “significant delay”.
Woodingdean was also badly affected as drivers tried to skirt around the cyclists’ route, which ran down Lewes Road before ending at Madeira Drive.
Roger French, managing director of the bus company, said: “We now have to review what we do with those two bus routes.
“We always take action to minimise disruption.”
Councillor Graham Cox, Conservative spokesman on the Brighton and Hove City Council transport committee, said: “I would hate to be critical of the bike ride and would want it to continue.
“But after each event there ought to be some kind of debrief to see if there is anything we can do to make things run a little bit smoother.
“Most weekends in summer there is some kind of event and there is an issue of whether the benefits of some of them are outweighed by the problems they cause.”
The last London to Brighton cyclists were expected to roll into the city by about 7pm last night.
A spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation said the ride’s route was unchanged from previous years but organisers would take any advice offered from the city authorities. She said: “It was a brilliant day for it weather-wise. “Everyone has made it through with no major incidents.”