Toolkit to support RideLondon
A new partnership with Essex County Council brings RideLondon-Essex 100 and 60 – a mass participation bike ride into the county for the first time. This challenging ride offers 25,000 riders the chance to cycle through the heart of London and take in the picturesque towns and villages of Essex on traffic-free roads.
Essex will also host two stages of the RideLondon Classique, a three-day UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race for the best female riders in the world.
RideLondon has created an exciting moment for Essex, which will inspire people to get active, bring people together and ignite communities. To celebrate Active Essex, working alongside Essex County Council and the Essex Association of Local Councils, has put together a package of support for local councils, groups and businesses to motivate their communities for the duration of the events.
A free community toolkit offers ideas and inspiration to local communities. From FAN zones in local green spaces and spectator hubs along the route, to opening community club doors and offering open days, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and celebrate.
As well as the toolkit, an Activation Fund has been set up to financially support parish and town councils, schools, constituted organisations and community groups to inspire their communities to become involved. Grants are available up to the value of £500 to support celebrations, activities, or other suitable community events.
Councillor Louise McKinlay, Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnerships and Performance said; “It is an honour to be able to bring such a high-profile event as RideLondon to Essex. We hope all our communities will help us to bring a wave of celebrations right across the county. I’d encourage all our community groups to look at the ideas and inspiration from the toolkit and to find out about accessing the funding available.”
For further information on the toolkit, fund and other opportunities to become involved, visit the Active Essex website.