DfT cuts red tape for cycle races on public roads

Following Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory this weekend, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to encourage a new generation of cyclists.

The DfT today revealed the results of a consultation which will make it easier to host cycle races including future Tour de France stages.

It includes cutting rules that prevent races being held through areas with low speed limits (40mph below) and allowing races of more than 100 cyclists, subject to risk assessments being carried out.

Cycling Minister Robert Goodwill said: “As last year’s stages of the Tour de France in England has shown there is a great appetite for cycle racing in this country. We want to help inspire a new generation of cyclists, rather than act as a headwind. That way we can make sure there’s always a Brit in the yellow jersey.

“These common sense reforms will simplify the process for the holding of races and will make it easier for the best riders in the world to race in England.”

The UK hosted 680 road races last year, and the Government is investing more than £200 million in cycle lanes and infrastructure over the next five years in a bid to encourage people to take up cycling