Hilldodger said:Blimey, am I THAT scarey?
Tim Bennet. said:Perhaps things are a little different around here. The event was well publicised in Kendal with big banners on every lamp post along the route. All the local primary schools were told to get their kids out and there was stuff on the local radio. The NW development agency produced a pretty good pamphlet explaining 'their' stage. C+ also had details in the magazine way back in June.
Last year Blackpool closed the sea front to cars for a 'ride the lights' festival to coincide with the Tour and that has now become an annual event even though the route didn't pass that way.
There is, of course, more that can be done by the 'powers that be' but also we can make a difference. Start asking (you and all your mates) the Tourist Office for details of the event as soon as you hear the route may be coming your way.
Cut and paste a locally focussed info pack and send it to the local press. They will have some 'sports hack' who has no knowledge of cycling covering it and it's easier for him (her) to use what is handed in on a plate than it is to be proactive.
Similarly after the event, send them a sub of what actually happened in their town with its significance to them. The writers will often appreciate they can also chat with someone who really understood what went on. If it makes their job easier, they will only be too happy to accept help.