The L'Étape bike race organisers have proposed to shift the date to November 27 and 28 and hold the races on the Sunday to reduce disruption to local businesses.
Originally planned for Saturday March 20, the event was postponed due to wet weather.
The proposals came at the community consultation meetings organised by Lateral Events - the L'Étape organisers - which took place on April 12, 13 and 14 in Berry, Kiama and Robertson respectively.
After owning up to previous failings and a promise to engage with the community, Lateral Events also announced they would seek community feedback on the idea of starting the race at 6:30am - half an hour earlier than the last race was originally planned.
And they proposed to increase the slowest rider speed to 20km/h to speed up the road closures.
Megan Peters General Manager of Lateral Events was introduced as the new face of community consultation and media relations about traffic disruptions. Florent Malézieux Head of Sports would be in charge of media relations with regards to the race itself.
The meeting was chaired by Gareth Ward and attended by a few Shoalhaven councillors. It was organised by Martin Stones, who is the son of Glyn Stones - the owner of Kangaroo Valley Safaris who's seeking compensation for disruption to his business as a result of the March 20 washed out event.
Cr John Wells, who attended the event, suggested Lateral Events consider a few more community concerns.
For example, Martin Stone's meeting brought up the idea of considering a rolling road closure rather than a seven and a half hour static road closure in some areas, which is where the roads would open up as bike riders made their way through the environment.
Ms Peters said the road closure times advertised are the full duration of the time their crew will be occupying the road; however traffic is still permitted on the roads under traffic marshal conditions until the riders reach that point in the route. She said L'Étape will roll the closures along the course and roads will reopen as soon as riders have passed and it is safe to do so.
Another issue that was raised in the meeting and agreed to by Cr Wells was the need for better Shoalhaven community engagement by Lateral Events.
"Because of the route, they've come into our shire and they've come into the Wingecarribee Shire as well. So we're roped in," said Cr Wells.
And finally, the meeting requested the organisers consider changing the route as many of the roads are the only way to access some local businesses and the only way in and out for many residents.
Gareth Ward who chaired Martin Stone's meeting agreed to talk to the Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres and the Minister for Roads Andrew Constance to see if he could get some positive outcomes for those who would be negatively affected by the event.
General Manager of Lateral Events Megan Peters confirmed three more community engagement meetings would be held in the lead up to the November event with the next round of community consultation occurring in June or July when they receive the traffic management plans. She said there is opportunity for community feedback as the plans can be amended.
She said Lateral Events will build stronger relationships with key community groups like dairy farmers and aged care facilities and will continue to utilise their Facebook groups to get messages out to the community.
"We've also received some really positive feedback from the community about potentially attending their own local community markets or even just the local [supermarkets] and having static displays of the road closure map as well as having members of our team be present to answer questions," she said.
More to come.