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Safety and security

Keeping you safe at Ford RideLondon

Your safety is our top priority and we work closely with the Metropolitan Police, Essex Police, Essex County Council and other organisations to ensure your safety and security.

Our safety and security teams

Working with these partners, we have a range of measures in place including our highly trained teams of stewards and dog support staff, who work alongside the police, the emergency services and event organisers. These teams work across the routes and beyond, so there should always be someone very close by.

Stewards are also based on and around the routes and can communicate with other stewards, the Event Control Room and police via radio and other channels. In addition, our Event Control Room has access to extensive CCTV to help keep you safe.

You can expect to see many members of the police on and around the routes. There’s no need to be concerned about the increased police presence – they are there to help you feel safe and to support us in delivering a secure and successful event. We also support the Project Servator initiative, which includes uniformed and non-uniformed police officers who aim to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.

Participants passing through security

Because of the measures we have in place, participants need to allow extra time to pass through our security arrangements where searches may also take place. You can help this process go more smoothly and avoid delays by complying with any instructions the search teams may give you.

Safety and security for spectators and residents

We have teams of stewards and police dedicated to working among spectators and assisting people at popular viewing points – they will be happy to help with anything from security concerns to directions and can contact the rest of the event organisational team if necessary.

Even if you’re familiar with London and Essex, getting around these areas will be different on Event Day, and you will find lots of impassable barriers in many locations. If you get stuck, please ask a steward and they’ll direct you to the nearest managed crossing point or accessible transport station.

Our stewards will also be keeping their eyes open for people who may need assistance and will even approach you to offer help if they think you may need it or are lost – so don’t be surprised if they pop up to say hello!

Be aware that there will also be security dogs patrolling the crowds, but please be assured that they are friendly and have very experienced handlers.

We need you to help us keep you safe and secure, so if you see anything you think may be suspicious, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our staff or a police officer.