Jeff: yes I was referring to the original petition (linked to at bottom of page 1) which prompted all the comments and there's the same on the "share the roads" campaign that Surrey have running on FB:
Read the comments on there.
Yes, I understand full well that some cyclists are anti-social morons with no road sense, I'm not for one second condoning their ignorant behaviour any more than I'd condone ANY idiot on the roads (of which there are unfortunately far too many).
I understand that not all Surrey residents affected by this one event a year can simply jump in a car, drive off on holiday and get awa from it. But I also think that sometimes, you need to look beyond one person (or one community's) view on things and see the wider picture.
There's an event here which annoys the hell out of me, the funfair comes and sets up on the nice quiet fields right in front of my house, blaring out music, lots of congestion, screaming kids etc. Really annoying. But I can see the benefit it brings to the wider area so I can't really complain about it. One person (well, one row of houses) affected vs hundreds of people enjoying it, travelling to the area, spending money etc.
My Dad lives right on the route of the London Marathon so has exactly the same issues that you and other residents have with the cycling - one weekend a year he can't drive in or out, can't access the shops etc.
You live in a very congested part of the country, realistically whatever anyone does there is going to adversely affect someone else to some degree, be it a minor issue like residential parking or a major one like a road closure for a weekend. The council are under no obligation whatsoever to consult you on it, they can over-ride the opinion of the residents in favour of "the greater good".
I don't necessarily agree with it but I don't necessarily agree with the anti- brigade either. I can see both points of view though.