Cycling fans visiting Selby to witness the start of the second day's racing in the Tour de Yorkshire are being urged to 'park and stride'.
Four edge of town sites have been unveiled by organisers as official Park and Stride zones. The sites have been set aside to help keep congestion in the Selby Town Centre area to a minimum on what is expected to be the busiest day the town's roads have seen in decades.
A host of events and activities are set to take over Selby Town Centre over the May bank holiday weekend as the town looks to make the most of its moment in the sporting limelight. The special cycle festival has been arranged by Selby Council who are putting on an exciting schedule of events for locals and visitors at various sites across the town.
It is expected that the town will be very busy on the day of the event and Council officials have recommend those who live locally and will be attending the race to walk wherever possible.
Those wanting to make sure they get the best vantage point for the ceremonial race start will need to ensure they are in the town centre with plenty of time to spare. Those who prefer to watch on TV but want take in the festival atmosphere should head to the Bowling Green where a big-screen will be showing live coverage of the race throughout the day.
Three of the town centre usual car parks are set to be closed to be home of the festival's events or will be used for parking the riders' team buses. Those out of action for the event will be Micklegate, Back Micklegate and Portholme Crescent car parks.
The four designated Park and Stride zones are:
- Greencore, Barlby – Address: Barlby Rd, Barlby YO8 5BJ
- Selby College – Address: Abbot's Road, Selby YO8 8AT.
- Selby High School – Address: Leeds Road, Selby, North Yorkshire YO8 4HT.
- Selby Civic Centre - staff car park - Address: Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9BX.
PLEASE NOTE: this is for use of the staff parking area, and not the public hospital parking area.
Gowthorpe will be closed for much of the race day to allow the peloton to make two sweeps of the town before heading out towards heading out towards the race's official start. Gowthorpe will be closed from 5.00 am to 6.00pm to allow time for the construction and dismantling of the start line.
Other roads along the ‘ceremonial’ route around the town will also be subject to closures. These will be on a basis of shorter 'rolling road' closures for between 45 minutes and one hour.
Selby District Council’s Chief Executive Mary Weastell explained, “We expect that it will be very busy in Selby which is why we have announced these four Park and Stride sites. They will make it easy for residents and visitors to the town to find a convenient parking space.
“Announcing these sites now will help everyone who is planning on attending to plan their day around the activities. We want everyone who wants to come to know in advance where is the best place to park and watch the race.”
There’s also music and storytelling at Selby Park and at Selby Leisure Centre there will be a field art installation – a gathering of people and bicycles that will create a striking visual image – a swan - that will be seen by the news helicopters, gliders and light aircraft in the skies above.
“This is a major event in Selby, with significant visitor numbers expected and we are planning ahead to ensure it goes smoothly for everyone involved and is a huge success,” Mary added. “This will help to showcase the area to the rest of the world and boost the economy not just in the short-term but in years to come as well.” which will be broadcast internationally.Micklegate, Back Micklegate and Portholme Crescent