News Release-Issued by City of York Council
City of York Council is encouraging residents and visitors to plan ahead for the weekend of 5 and 6 July when the world’s largest free sporting event, the Tour de France comes to York.
Stage two of Le Grand Depart will see riders setting off from York Racecourse at approximately 11am. The peloton will then traverse the city’s historic streets, taking in landmarks such as Clifford’s Tower and the York Minster.
Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “To help people prepare ahead of the Tour de France the council has sent residents close to the route an information pack to enable them to plan for and make the best of the weekend. Council officers are working hard to minimise disruption to residents and businesses, but as with all major sporting events there will be some inconveniences to ensure the safety of competitors and residents alike.”
Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “With only 50 days to go until the world’s greatest cycle race comes to York I am urging residents to plan ahead so they are ready to experience the race. There are many places in York to take in the Tour de France atmosphere, whether it’s one of the council’s spectator hubs or out along the route it’s sure to be a great day!”
Residents and tourists are advised that the route will be closed from 4.30am on Sunday 6 July until approximately 1.30pm, or as soon as possible after the race has left York. During the time that the roads are closed their will be no access for vehicles to properties either adjacent to or on the race route itself. This will also include streets connected to the route that can not be accessed from elsewhere.
Anyone who is planning to travel on Sunday 6 July will need to ensure that they have parked their vehicle in an area where they can access the remaining open road network. No vehicles will be allowed to drive on or across the race route after road closures are in place. Residents are also advised to pass this information to anyone intending to visit them during the weekend.
Roads closed along the route include:
Start: York Racecourse
Bishopgate Street (Skeldergate Bridge)
St Helen’s Square
St Sampson Square
St Leonards Place
A59 to Harrogate
For further information about the Tour de France in York, please visit www.york.gov.uk/tourdefrance . To get help on travelling around York in advance, or on the day, use the online i-Travel York journey planner at www.itravelyork.info.
·York will be hosting stage 2 of the 2014 Le Grand Depart
·York is one of 12 locations in the UK to have been awarded Cycling Town or City status in 2008 and fought off competition from 74 other local authorities to win government funding
·There have been 200 extra cycle parking spaces created in York since 2009
·In the 3 years of Cycling City York over 7000 ‘Bikeability’ courses were delivered to children in school years 5 to 7 (9 to 11 year olds)
·As part of the Park that Bike initiative the council has given 132 stands (264 spaces) to 66 small businesses, voluntary groups and leisure facility providers across the city since the start of the Cycling City project.
·Travel to work by cycling has increased in York by 7.5% since 2001 (2011 Census)
·The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931
·The council’s cabinet member for Transport is Councillor David Levene on 07758739099
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