RideLondon-Surrey 100: Surrey County Council withdraws help past 2021, regardless of majority wanting sportive to proceed

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Surrey County Council (SCC) has reiterated that it would not intend to host the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey (PRLS) 100 mile sportive occasion in 2022 and past, confirming it will solely help a shorter occasion subsequent 12 months. SCC says it is because a survey revealed “a big proportion of respondents have been strongly against the occasion”, regardless of a majority of 58% agreeing that they might help the continuation of it for the following 5 years. 

With the entire bodily RideLondon occasion cancelled this 12 months, SCC’s cupboard paper confirms that they won’t help a 100 mile sportive or males’s skilled race in 2021. SCC has proposed {that a} shorter, 50km ‘inspiration journey’ occasion ought to happen as an alternative of the 100 mile sportive, with solely 4 miles of the route crossing into Surrey. Its reasoning for that is that smaller occasions might be “much less disruptive” to companies and residents, and that the Council’s goal is to “allow extra folks to cycle for on a regular basis journeys”, including: “This method would extra carefully align with the Council’s company targets, in contrast with longer occasions targeted totally on sports activities biking.” 

SCC has additionally proposed that RideLondon organisers London Marathon Occasions (LME) ought to ship the occasion on a “wholly not-for-profit foundation” if it proceeds past 2021, and have refused to offer any monetary help aside from the time required for his or her officers to overview preparations of the occasion. 

It seems, then, that SCC is set on withdrawing its help for the 100 mile sportive, regardless of a small majority of survey respondents strongly suggesting they need the occasion to proceed. The information included within the cupboard paper says that 53% of respondents who have been Surrey residents ‘strongly agree’ or ‘are likely to agree’ that the advantages of the occasion “outweigh the influence and disruption”. Simply 31% strongly disagreed that the occasion’s advantages outweighed the disruption, and amongst non-Surrey residents surveyed, 54% strongly agreed and 35% strongly disagreed. 

The report additionally says issues resembling “the security and restrictions of roads, the influence this has on emergency providers, and the delinquent behaviour of each spectators and cyclists, which ends up in elevated littering” have been raised by survey respondents. In addition they mentioned some famous long-term impacts “on account of a number of cyclists utilizing the route for apply or leisure all 12 months spherical”; in different phrases, some residents weren’t in favour of the occasion main to elevated ranges of biking in Surrey.

The paper concludes: “General, the findings lean in the direction of supporting the continuation of PRLS for the following 5 years, with 58.38% of all respondents and 53.47% of Surrey Residents agreeing that Surrey ought to proceed to host PRLS.

“Nevertheless, this margin is comparatively small and there have been many classes recognized for surveys like these sooner or later.”

SCC says that if the choice is made to proceed with the sportive, it recommends there needs to be extra concentrate on addressing “widespread security issues”, assessing the route, addressing “well being and social care issues” and analysing the occasion’s funding construction. 

A ultimate determination might be made by the SCC cupboard on twenty seventh October. 

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