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North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) had the challenge to replicate the success of the Tour de France with a Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

NYCC, together with Welcome to Yorkshire, Amuary Sports Organisation (who runs the Tour de France) and other public sector partners, found a range of datasets from Ordnance Survey to be a vital support in the planning as well as the safe and successful running of this inaugural event.

What were the challenges?

  • Replicating the success of the Tour de France with the first ever Tour de Yorkshire.
  • Running a safe and successful event.
  • Allowing 144 professional riders in 18 teams to race safely.
  • Ensuring almost half a million spectators could watch the race in North Yorkshire.
  • Minimising disruption to local businesses and communities.

What was the solution?

Good emergency planning is essential to protect both participants and spectators. The level of detail needed requires the use of OS mapping to get it right and ensure things run smoothly.

Neil Irving, Assistant Director, (Policy and Partnerships), Central Services

Detailed maps were used in the early planning stages by NYCC, Welcome to Yorkshire and Amuary Sports Organisation (ASO) to identify potential hazards, where settlements were along the route, sprint points, pinch points, team parking areas and to help assess various route options.

The use of OS Mapping was invaluable in planning advanced traffic management and it provided our teams with accurate plans and maps to assist in dealing with any potential issues over the race weekend.

David Bowe, Corporate Director, Business and Environmental Services, NYCC

OS MasterMap® Topography Layer was used extensively to help locate crowd safety barriers, event stewarding, event volunteers and traffic management infrastructure (signs and cones).

AddressBase® Premium revealed that 55,000 properties would be affected by the event. Information was used and updated on the NYCC website using OS datasets.

What were the outcomes?

  • Data could be viewed and updated on a single site to allow spectators and residents to plan their days.
  • Event management teams and emergency planners could operate a safe event and were prepared to deploy event resources and emergency services more effectively.
  • In the main traffic delays and congestion was far lower than anticipated.
  • Event information could be sent directly to owners of affected properties.
  • The Yorkshire brand is now known worldwide.
  • OS data has been fundamental in showing that NYCC can deliver. Without it event planning and delivery would have been more complex as other mapping products outside the OS weren’t detailed enough.
  • The event was watched by 1.5 million people on the roadside as well as 6 million worldwide via EuroSport and ITV.
  • In terms of spectator attendance, it is one of the biggest cycling races in the world.

The products used

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