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In 2014 SRS EVENTS supported the campaign to save Preston Park Cycle Track in Brighton, instigate by our Director Rupert Rivett.
We helped organise campaign rides and offered free entries to our events to some lucky plegers offering funds for the campaign.
Behind the scenes Rupert used his skills in media to start a successful campaign to save the track. With some savvy social media skills and contacts in the media as a photojournalist by trade, Rupert set up a facebook page to support and promote the on-line e-petition submitted to the council demanding the resurrection of the track.
Within 2 days Rupert had over 4000 likes on the facebook page and after numerous TV and Radio interviews about the track 4089 people had signed the e-petition to the council. Widely reported as the largest e-petition Brighton Council has ever received there could be no denying that Preston Park Cycle track needed saving.
We know how important Preston Park Cycle Track and other outdoor cycle velodromes are to the future popularity of cycling in the UK.
Preston Park Velodrome is the oldest cycle track in the UK. Built in 1877 the track is testament to the Victorian work ethic but also in their understanding that recreational activities & sporting arenas that facilitate those activities are so important to everyday life.
Preston Park Cycle track has a lot of potential to be a hub for cycling in the Brighton area.
Although the news in 2014 that cycle racing was no longer sanctioned at Preston Park by British Cycling (the governing body of cycling), we and others saw this bad news as more of a rallying cry, to make sure investment in this track for future use was found. Rather than a final curtain call on racing at the track Rupert and others see this as a start of a new great era for cycle racing at Preston Park Cycle Track.
We were successful in raising the alarm, that this track needed saving. Initial funds needed to refurbish the track safety fence have been found by Brighton Council & British Cycling, and work on the track starts early 2016 with the potential of the track seeing racing again in April of 2016.
We're sure that plenty of individuals and organisations like ourselves will be more than happy to fight for the continued revival of this track to it's former greatness.
Indeed we see this as a great opportunity to bring Preston Park Cycle Track into the modern day, making the track better than ever. A sports facility that Brighton can be proud of again.
With the popularity of cycling in the UK increasing exponentially, we think that more than ever this is the time to see cycling facilities like Preston Park Track saved and cared for, for the future of cycling and local communities.
More work to be done.
The campaign to save Preston Park Cycle track is in its early stages. Yes, the track has been saved but more work needs to be done to make this track fully sustainable.
We hope you will support the campaign in the future and join in with the all the efforts made to revive this great cycling facility.
Follow the campaigns
Social Media Pages
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/saveprestonparkcycletrack
WE WILL HAVE A NEW FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN HERE SOON.