poetd wrote:I'm not saying I'm against these events, but I can ALSO (imagine being able to hold 2 positions at the same time, must seem frightening to some of you) sympathise with people who are against these events for that exact reason.
It's not really fair to say to someone - "Sorry you have to cancel all weekend plans that involve any travel out of town because some amateurs want to go cycling around your area."
There are all sorts of alternatives to cancelling plans...
Park somewhere else the night before & walk or cycle to your car. Ask the organisers / local authority for parking alternatives. Leave before the event starts. Stay overnight. Use public transport. Stay with friends or family.
I can sympathise with people who don't want such an event in their area, but much of the problem is a motor-centric culture that means people feel they have right to drive from their homes to other places whenever they like.
Would you say the same about a community organised 'car free' day? Making a street a play street for a few hours on Saturday? Closing the street for a block party?