Tour de France Ordnance Survey


In October 2013, Calderdale Council were faced with the challenge of supporting Stage Two of the Tour de France – the biggest cycle race in the world.

What we needed to consider

Planning an event of this size meant we had to consider road closures with the minimum of disruption to other road users. We had to find places for 400 support and promotional vehicles, and find where we could position race stewards and volunteers. We also needed to identify potential hazards such as pinch points and steep drops to make sure that we kept 200 professional cyclists safe, and manage 180,000 people who had come to watch the race as it sped through Calderdale.

TDF-mapOur solution

By using several different types of Ordnance Survey data, the Operational and Delivery Group were able to carry out crowd modelling, allowing them to anticipate how huge numbers of people might behave in different circumstances. They were also able to work out traffic flows, both of people and motorists. A lot of information was put on the Council website which meant that Calderdale residents and other members of the public were kept updated about road cloasures, campsites and other events taking place.

Difference that it made to Calderdale

Because we were able to use the Ordnance Survey data and plan the event in good time, it allowed the Council to allocate resources effectively and to carry out proper risk assessment. We were able to share data with the other organisations and authorities involved. Calderdale benefitted from the increase in tourists and visitors to our beautiful part of the country. It really put Calderdale on the map.

In addition, the whole region benefitted by an estimated £128 million.

Ordnance Survey data is used by the Council for a variety of uses, examples can be found on Maps online.

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