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Future of Surrey’s Prudential RideLondon Cycling to be Decided in September

Published on: 29 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 1 Aug, 2020

Prudential Bike Riders Climbing Box Hill

Although the 2020 Prudential Ridelondon cycling has been cancelled due to the pandemic, Surrey County Council remains committed to the event in 2021, dependent on safety and the restrictions at the time.

In September, the cabinet is to discuss whether to continue support for the event beyond this.

And any large groups of cyclists tempted to stage a virtual event in Surrey’s roads on August 10 have been warned that would be likely to cause accidents and put extra pressure on emergency services.

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test 7 Responses to Future of Surrey’s Prudential RideLondon Cycling to be Decided in September

  1. Valerie Thompson Reply

    July 29, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Send it on a different route next time. We, in the villages who are disrupted by the race, would love to see the back of it. The cyclists might also practice riding the new route instead of clogging up our narrow roads day after day.

    • Robert Burch Reply

      July 30, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      It’s one day a year, there is plenty of warning and it’s for fun.

      Perhaps Valerie could join in by going up to London for a day the same weekend to enjoy the roads closed to cars there that are open to all cyclists, allowing them to pedal peacefully around our capital city.

      The whole event is a positive influence for the county and deserves to be embraced.

      • John Perkins Reply

        July 31, 2020 at 1:43 pm

        Around here there are another 104 days each year on which the “Lycra Louts” have their fun at the expense of others.

        The event is a positive influence only for those who benefit from it. A local restaurateur estimates it costs his business £3,000. Some motorists are forced to take detours of up to 10 miles to get to the other end of their road.

        Am I alone in finding it mildly offensive to suggest someone go away in order for outsiders to enjoy themselves?

    • Martin Elliott Reply

      July 31, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      It will be interesting to see if the SCC documents supporting the Cabinet discussion will include a full analysis of the limited consultation exercise, as well as all the side issues of disruption: along the route; peripheral to the route, on trunk roads and diversions and elsewhere.

      There should be a proper quantified assessment of benefit to businesses.

      And for those who say its only one day a year; yes for RideLondon, but how many more closed or controlled events are there in Surrey causing congestion?

  2. Paul Robinson Reply

    July 30, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I say let the counties north of London have the pleasure of hosting the event. I think that it has been very selfish of Surrey to take the glory year after year, it should be shared about.

  3. Roy Carman Reply

    July 30, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Move it around the country. We already have enough on two wheels in the county who think they are riding in the Olympics.

    Three abreast in country lanes is the height of the cyclist stupidity. Cyclists are a menace on Surrey roads. The council spent a fortune on cycle lanes which they do not use. The police should fine them for not using these lanes.

    They should also be taxed and insured as they are such a menace and a major danger to themselves.

    Editor’s note: Under current legislation, it is not compulsory for cyclists to use cycle lanes so they cannot be fined.

    • John Lomas Reply

      July 30, 2020 at 10:49 pm

      The current consultation document on changes to the Highway Code doesn’t propose changes to the law either.
      https://tinyurl.com/Consultation

      It uses phrases such as, “Whilst such facilities are provided for reasons of safety, cyclists are not obliged to use them and may exercise their judgement.”

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