Due to an unfortunate accident on the bike path, Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride was canceled on June 12. This event is a free, noncompetitive, UK event that has been regularly scheduled for the last 18 years and expected to attract around 8,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities. The route offers four options ranging from 9 to 38 miles running along the A4 Portway road.
The ride was cancelled after a van had crashed and spilt diesel and glass covering the carriageway of the Portway. This crash left a lamp post hanging over the road on the verge of collapsing. The clean-up and safety checks lasted until 2 p.m., canceling the event.
In reaction to the incident, Bristol City Council’s executive member of cycling, councillor Jon Rogers states “Everyone was really disappointed. Over 5,500 people had registered to take part, and more were registering on the morning of the event.”
It does not look like the organizers will focus on rescheduling the event for this year, but efforts will be put into next year’s event. Despite the cancel of the Biggest Bike Ride, Bristol will still host other cycling events such as the World Naked Bike Ride and Dinotour, Sunday June 19.
For more event details visit the Better By Bike website.