I took my wife shopping in Buxton last Sunday. We spent a very pleasant afternoon walking round the shops, chatting, had a bite to eat and enjoyed ourselves.
The drive home was saddened by yet another bike accident on the Cat and Fiddle road. Near to the junction with Ankers Lane it seems two bikers had a head on collision. One rider who apparently was only a teenager and from Warrington was pronounced dead at the scene. The other rider had his son riding pillion. They did not suffer serious injury. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the young mans family and friends.
The road is actually the A537 and twists and winds its way from Macclesfield over the moors passing the Cat and Fiddle pub (second highest pub in England) , before finally descending into the Derbyshire Spa town of Buxton. The Cat and Fiddle road is, it seems, no less popular than it has always been to the biking fraternity. I only live a few hundred yards from where the Buxton road starts and have seen bikers flying up and down for 30 years or more now. How many have died or been injured I do not know but it is too many.
Police efforts to curb the speeding bikers seems to fail constantly and every weekend you can hear the bikes going hell for leather up and down the road. I don’t have a bike but I do like speed and the thrill of driving a fast car is exhilarating and gets the adrenaline going. I can see the attraction of the road with its twists and turns and drive along it myself regularly.
It seems that bikers will not be stopped from using the road as a speed track and travel from far and wide to do so. Some of these guys need to slow down a little before they kill someone. Their life is their own but I do not want to be met with a bike banked over at 70-80 mph heading for my windscreen. I think that the road should closed for one weekend in the year to allow bikers to use it for time trials etc. If they can do it in the Isle of Man for the TT, then why not the Cat & Fiddle road.
I’m sure bikers reading this will disagree but that’s what makes life interesting isn’t it?