On Saturday, 16th September, a group of equestrians, cyclists, and walkers in Chilcompton will participate in a national awareness-raising event.
The event is part of the Pass Wide and Slow campaign, which has been gaining momentum across the country, even featuring messages on local buses. Participants from Chilcompton, Wells, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, and Evercreech will come together to promote awareness of the Highway Code for vulnerable road users.
During the event, riders will don high-visibility gear and distribute leaflets that emphasise the importance of passing at a speed of ten miles per hour while maintaining a two-meter distance.
While riders prefer not to use the roads, their primary goal is safety. They are permitted to ride two abreast when necessary, and drivers are encouraged to respond to their signals. Additionally, the event serves as a reminder to riders to be courteous and respectful, always wearing appropriate high-visibility clothing.
People are welcome to join the event to walk or cycle. However, there are only three horse spaces left, so interested equestrians are encouraged to secure their spots promptly. The ride will commence at 10:30am from Waites Farmyard, located next to the Chilcompton sign and Mulberry factory. The route will take participants along Broadway onto Rock Road, through Downside Bridleway, and then back to Chilcompton via Green Lane and Stockhill Road, eventually returning to the starting point.
Organisers have reached out to the police and the Parish Council for representation, although there are no promises yet. You are also welcome to attend the event on the day and enjoy some free cake and drinks!
Participants can look forward to complimentary drinks and cake during the event.