VIDEO: Footage of drift triking in Cheddar Gorge goes viral as parish council fear for public safety
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 13 January 2017
A viral video which shows a group of young people riding modified tricycles through Cheddar Gorge has been slated by Cheddar Parish Council for being ‘dangerous’ and ‘foolish’.
The video showed a group of around 10 people performing tricks and 360 degree spins on drift trikes as they negotiate traffic during a descent through the gorge.
The trikes are designed for drifting, with a lightweight plastic frame and slick rear wheels.
Peter Colton, chairman of the parish council, said councillors were ‘horrified’ when they saw the video.
He added: “It was an incredibly dangerous thing for them to do. It was totally foolish and they had no thought for motorists coming the other way.
“They were endangering their own lives by doing it and there were a lot of pedestrians and cyclists who did not stand a chance.”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary is working with the parish council to reduce antisocial and dangerous driving through the gorge.
Inspector Andy Pritchard, from Cheddar Police Station, said officers are investigating.
He said: “Everyone has a responsibility when they are on the road, be that in a vehicle or on a bike or even a horse, to act responsibly and safely.
“Riding in such a way, you purposefully end up in the path of oncoming traffic, particularly around blind bends and at high speeds, is incredibly dangerous and it is also very selfish.”
However, a spokesman from Drift TriKING, a trike manufacturer and seller, said the riders took safety precautions to ensure nobody was hurt.
They said in parts of the video cars were either travelling at 10mph or were stationary, under the advice of spotters.
They added: “There were signs put out to warn drivers, and spotters on corners slowing cars down.
“We have great brakes and more control than it looks; riding at Cheddar Gorge really is not as dangerous and dramatic as people are making out.”