Survey Could Secure Bike Tour Next Year

People across Norfolk and Suffolk are being urged to complete an online survey to ensure the Tour of Britain returns to the region next year.

It's hoped the information gathered by the survey will highlight the benefits of the Tour and the impact to the local economy.

The information will then be used by Norfolk and Suffolk County Council to help with their bid to host the event next year.

It's also hoped the survey - set up by the organisers of the Tour- will show the amount of people inspired by the race that passed through Norfolk and Suffolk last month. 

It's been estimated that 175,000 people lined the streets during the Tour's first stage that started in Ipswich and finished in Norwich.

Many turned out to see Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Team GB rider Mark Cavendish. 

Barry Stone, cabinet member for cultural services at Norfolk County Council said: "We're under the impression that it's worth well over 1.8 million pounds to the economy of Norfolk and Suffolk. 

"We know the crowds are huge but we want to know that the local spend is high and that it makes it worth while brining it back next year. 

"It is a massive boost to the economy but it's also the enjoyment people have while celebrating such a major event. It's a great day out."

Everyone who completes the survey will go into a draw to win some prizes.

The survey can be filled online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ToB_2012

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