British Cycling, the governing body for the sport in the UK, is lobbying the Government for improvements to the way road racing is conducted. Capitalising on the nationwide push to get more people active, BC wants it to be cheaper to hold races on public roads.
In a statement, British Cycling said it was “…aiming for an agreed, fair and uniform interpretation of the police charging guidance across all forces to ensure that race organisers are not overcharged and that the charging structure is at an appropriate level for not-for-profit, volunteer-delivered events, which are making a significant contribution to the Government’s Sport and Physical Activity agenda. In addition to this, British Cycling is looking to make amendments to the Cycle Racing on the Highways Act 1960 to reflect current traffic conditions, and a simplification of the legislation and processes involved in road closure measures. Finally, we would like to see the Police Reform Act 2002 amended to enable trained volunteers of approved organisations to be granted accredited powers to stop and direct traffic during a British Cycling sanctioned road event.”
BC is working with Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to change legislation and put in place an appropriate charging scheme.