Motorists urged to pass North Derbyshire's horse riders 'slowly and widely'

An awareness ride in Unstone is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Horse riders across North Derbyshire will be urging motorists to be more cautious when passing them this weekend.

The 'Pass wide and slow' initiative will be taking place in Unstone from 11am on Sunday.

Riders will then travel approximately five miles through Dronfield and Coal Aston.

It's in a bid to persuade drivers to give the riders two metres of space when they're overtaking them, whilst limiting their speed to 15 miles per hour.

Holmesfield resident Terri Amber has organised the event; "The Bridleway system isn't extensive enough. If you want to ride out, you have to go on roads and it's not enjoyable when people are nearly clipping your horses hock all the time, or in some cases, being abusive towards you."

"This affects all of us. Horse riding is a nice sport to take part in. People like to see horses out in the countryside, and it also has an impact on other vulnerable roads users like walkers and cyclists."

"Hopefully this event will encourage motorists in North Derbyshire to overtake horse riders with more care."

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