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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey decision made

Published: 30 July 2020

Surrey to focus on more local community-led cycling events

The future of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event continuing in Surrey beyond 2021 was decided by Cabinet on 27 October. The Cabinet agreed that Surrey will no longer host the event after 2021 and instead focus on smaller community cycling events across the county.

The consultation undertaken earlier this year demonstrated that resident views for and against the event were finely balanced, and in fact there was a large proportion of people strongly opposed. The concerns expressed by residents demonstrates the level of disruption the event caused for some of Surrey's communities which, it was made clear in the Cabinet report, simply cannot be taken lightly.

In addition, the report highlighted that a huge effort was taken by Councillors and officers to try and seek a better deal, from London Marathon Events and Trust, for Surrey residents in the form of financial support to provide more cycle training for young people in Surrey's schools. Unfortunately, with the current climate, this was not a commitment that could be made at this time.

Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Communities said: "We are committed to encouraging cleaner, greener travel and recognise the health and well-being benefits from all kinds of sport including walking and cycling. We are actively seeking new opportunities within Surrey to encourage all sorts of people to get out and about on their bikes. The recommendations in the paper were not easy to make, and we held off making this decision until we had exhausted all available options to try to make the event work for our residents. However, the ethos of the smaller event; focusing on inspiring the take-up of cycling by women, families, and Wheels for All, more closely aligns to the Council's objectives to encourage cycling for everyday journeys. Although we can no longer support the larger closed road event, we remain open minded to hosting less disruptive, smaller family focused events in future years".

Councillor Turner-Stewart thanked all those participants that had taken part in past events and for all the money that they had raised for charities over the years.

This year's RideLondon-Surrey event was cancelled due to Coronavirus, and organisers have scaled down the May 2021 event with no 100-mile sportive event or men's UCI World Tour race. On this basis, next year's event will only pass through Surrey for around four miles. Surrey County Council are continuing to work with the event organiser to maximise the benefits to Surrey and mitigate any potential negative impacts of the shorter event.

Here is The Surrey County Council Cabinet Paper for 27 October 2020 (PDF).

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2021 new format

Surrey County Council are still committed to hosting the event again in Surrey in 2021. London Marathon Events have announced that there will be a new format for 2021 with only a small section of Surrey roads being used. The new format includes no Union Cycliste Internationale men's professional race in 2021 taking place as part of RideLondon.

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