Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride may not be rearranged

Portway crash scene The crash on the Portway meant a lighting column was unsafe

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A bike ride which was cancelled because of an accident on a main route in Bristol may not be rearranged.

Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride was called off on Sunday after a crash on the Portway left the road unsafe. More than 5,500 cyclists were due to take part.

Bristol City Council said a lighting column had to be repaired and work lasted until mid-afternoon.

Jon Rogers, the council's transport spokesman, said he did not think that there was time to rearrange the event.

He said: "It's a huge amount of work and there's lots and lots of people involved and whether we can get it rearrange for this year I have doubts.

"But we'll obviously look at it and we'll certainly be back next year."

It is the first time the event has been cancelled in its 18-year history.

Organiser Alistair Cox said once they heard of the incident on the Portway the council "immediately mobilised" their contractors.

"We tried to give it as much time for the race to go ahead.

"Unfortunately due to a complex set of circumstances, including a lighting column that potentially could have fallen down into the highway, we had to make a very difficult decision.

"It was obviously a decision we didn't want to make," he said.

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