Police fear cyclists will use motorway as route through Sussex

2:00pm Wednesday 10th June 2009

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Cyclists are being warned not to take a dangerous route home after an annual bike ride.

Sussex Police has put up a handwritten sign telling cyclists not to
use the M23 to get back to the capital after the London to Brighton
bike ride on June 21.

The sign has been fixed at junction 11 where the A23 becomes the
M23 to remind the 27,000 cyclists expected to take part in the annual
event that they are not allowed to ride on the motorway.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said although it was normally the job
of the Highways Agency to put official signs on the roads, officers had
erected the temporary signs ahead of the ride.

Southern and First Capital Connect have banned bikes on their
return train services in the Sussex coast area on the day of the ride,
meaning that competitors will have to find other means of transport to
return to the capital.

Police are concerned that some cyclists could decide their only option is to try to cycle home along the busy motorway.

Last year Marie Vesco was killed in an accident on the A23 as she
and a group of friends made their way to a smash EDO protest in

The London to Brighton bike ride stretches more than 54 miles and
has been taking place since 1980 to raise money for the British Heart




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