The long-term way forward for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey biking occasion is uncertain. The county council is prone to withdraw assist after subsequent yr, a last choice to be made by Cupboard on October 27.
A report by Denise Turner-Stewart, Cupboard member for communities, biking, proposes the county will assist the lowered 2021 occasion however flip down a five-year choice. As an alternative, they’d deal with smaller, community-led biking occasions that encourage a better number of individuals and minimise disruption for residents.
Session this yr confirmed a big proportion of residents strongly opposed the occasion. The disruption prompted for some communities “can’t be taken calmly”, the report mentioned.
It additionally factors out an enormous effort was made by councillors and officers to strive for monetary assist from London Marathon Occasions and Belief to supply extra cycle coaching for younger individuals in Surrey’s faculties. However as a result of current scenario, this might not be agreed.
Cllr Turner-Stewart mentioned: “We’re dedicated to encouraging cleaner, greener journey and we recognise the well being and well-being advantages from all types of sport together with strolling and biking. We’re actively in search of new alternatives inside Surrey to encourage all kinds of individuals to get out and about on their bikes.
“We held off making this choice till we had exhausted all obtainable choices to attempt to make the occasion work for our residents. However the ethos of the smaller occasion, specializing in inspiring the take-up of biking by ladies, households, and Wheels for All, extra intently aligns to the council’s aims to encourage biking for on a regular basis journeys.
“Though we are able to not assist the bigger closed-road occasion, we stay open-minded to internet hosting much less disruptive, smaller, family-focused occasions.”
This yr’s RideLondon-Surrey occasion was cancelled on account of Coronavirus, and the Might 2021 occasion is reduce, with no 100-mile sportive occasion or males’s UCI World Tour race, passing via the county for under about 4 miles.