Ride London (3)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What lessons have been learnt to ensure that next year's event causes significantly less inconvenience to Londoners?


Answer for Ride London (3)

Answer for Ride London (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I appreciate that large road-based events can cause some unavoidable disruption for Londoners and visitors. This is why TfL and I look to minimise disruption by raising awareness of the event well in advance. As was the case with the 2014 RideLondon event, there will be continued efforts to increase awareness of this year's event to promote forward planning of journeys over the RideLondon weekend. This information will be made readily available using a variety of channels such as social media, public events and targeted leaflet drops. In 2014, TfL distributed over one million leaflets and sent nearly six and a half million emails to customers with information about the event. TfL also held public information sessions outlining the road closures to residents and local businesses to allow them to plan accordingly. This information was also made available on the TfL and Prudential RideLondon websites. TfL worked closely with the event organisers and the London boroughs to ensure that the disruption was kept to a minimum.

The London Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP; the event organisers) and TfL have already identified some lessons learned for future Ride London events. All correspondence and feedback that received is being passed to TfL and its event partners to ensure they understand public concerns. As part of the de-brief process for the 2014 event, route changes are being reviewed to assess if roads can be re-opened sooner. For last year's event, rolling road closures were used for the Classic event in Surrey, which was a lesson learned from the 2013 event. Marshall training is also being reviewed to assess how they can give more local information to drivers and residents as to when roads will close and reopen.

I have also set up the Major Events Oversight Board, which includes TfL, the emergency services and other key partners, to provide direction and advice on major events in London. The board ensures that all major road events continue to be tightly managed to make sure that everyone can get the full benefit of the event, without undue impact on London. 

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