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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey October update

Published: 30 July 2020

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2022 decision to be made in October

The future of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event continuing in Surrey beyond 2021 will be decided by Cabinet on 27 October.

It is proposed in the report that Surrey will not take up the option to support this event for a further five years and will instead support, as previously agreed, the reduced 2021 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event in 2021. Beyond 2021, the Council's focus would be on smaller, community-led cycling events that encourage a greater variety of participants whilst minimising disruption for residents.

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 is made clear in the Cabinet report, simply cannot be taken lightly.

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"

You can view a copy of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Draft Cabinet Report.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2021 new format

With regard to the future of Surrey hosting future Prudential Ride London-Surrey events, we 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. More details on the new format can be found on the Prudential RideLondon website.

Surrey County Council continues to support cycling in the county and recently announced that it would match funding from Government of £848,000 to support the roll out of active travel schemes with investment in temporary pavements, footpaths and cycleways.

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