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Spectators Urged to Plan Ahead for Tour de Yorkshire

Spectators Urged to Plan Ahead for Tour de Yorkshire

Published by Matthew Pells at 12:46pm 25th April 2019.

With just one week to go for the fifth Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, spectators are being urged to plan how they will travel to the event.

North Yorkshire’s roads will again play a significant part in the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race this year as 50 per cent of the race takes place in the county and every stage will pass through the county at some point.

The County Council is asking people to plan ahead and stay safe.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Access and Highways, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said:

“People planning to travel to watch the race should allow extra time for the journey, arrive early and make the most of North Yorkshire. There are many exciting local events taking place across the race weekend in towns and villages, so once the race has passed it’s a great opportunity to stay and enjoy some legendary North Yorkshire hospitality.

The safety of the cyclists, other road users and spectators is of prime importance, so we are asking everyone to plan ahead and be prepared. We want everyone watching the Tour de Yorkshire to enjoy it, but to take care, be safe and respect their surroundings.’’

 Spectators are urged to:

  • where possible cycle, walk or use public transport to travel to watch the race;
  • avoid parking on the race route as vehicles parked within restricted times may be removed;
  • park in designated car parks;
  • avoid standing on bridges across the route to watch the race;
  • give maximum space to the race by keeping off the carriageway and avoid standing on sections of the route that are narrow, have no verge or have walls with a drop behind them;
  • take litter home;
  • be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes and avoid barbeques;
  • keep to footpaths, use gates and stiles, respect signs and follow the countryside code;
  • preserve and protect dry stone walls by not climbing, standing or sitting on them;
  • not use drones for photography  - this is strictly prohibited
  • keep dogs on a short lead
  • keep the race route clear until the last riders and the end of race vehicle have passed

Similar to previous years, there will be rolling road closures in place and these are expected to last for less than an hour. Some areas, including the start and finish locations, some of the climbs and some of the busier locations, will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race and spectators. The impact in terms of road closures and parking restrictions will be kept to a minimum. There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route

Stage three of the event runs from Bridlington to Scarborough on Saturday May 4th with many villages along the route joining in with the festivities.

Scarborough, will have a family fanzone at the Open Air Theatre throughout the day.

The council say that the town centre and seafront attractions will be "very much open for business".  There will be some minor disruption as each race passes through the town centre, with some diversions in the town centre around when closures are in place on St Thomas Street.

Bus services will be operating from Aberdeen Walk rather than St Thomas Street.

Residents and spectators are being encouraged to explore the town on foot or by bike, more information can be found at  http://openscarborough.co.uk/ which has a range of information on walking and cycling in the town.

In Whitby the usual attractions will be open for business and the Park & Ride services will be operating throughout the day and all off-street car parks will be open as usual.

Due to rolling road closures in the town centre and on the A171 there may be some disruption to bus services in the Whitby area.  See   https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/north-east/places/whitby/   for more information.




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zara, on 25th April 2019 4:52pm
i have planned ahead, will be staying at home that day.

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