City prepares for world class cycling

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    Tour of Alberta

    In less than two weeks, Lethbridge will welcome an elite group of cyclists for the first leg of the 2016 Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial to take place September 1. This event will give all residents the opportunity to witness a world class cycling event and enjoy many free activities throughout the city.

    The race will begin at 4:50 p.m. in front of Galt Gardens. Cyclists will pass by nine times over the course of the 107 km circuit. The route will see competitors race from downtown, north on Scenic Drive to Peenaquim Park. They will then take on the challenging climb up and out of the river valley to get back to downtown. A map of the race route is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/tourofalberta.

    Open House
    On August 23 from 3-7 p.m. the public and business community are invited to City Hall to learn more about the 2016 Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial. City staff and the Local Organizing Committee will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the race route, road closures, detours, volunteer opportunities, community events and viewing locations for the race.

    Race Road Closures

    To allow time for setup of the start/finish, festival and international media centre, certain roads in downtown will close the evening before the race (Wednesday, August 31).

    • 3rd Ave S from 5th St S to 7th St S (7 p.m. closure)
    • 6th St S from the alley  to 3rd Ave S (7 p.m. closure)
    • 5th St S from 1st Ave S to 3rd Ave S (11 p.m. closure)
    • 2nd Ave S from 7th St S to 8th St S (11 p.m. closure)
    • 2nd Ave from 4th St S to 5th St S (11 p.m. closure)
    • 7th St from 1st Ave S to 3rd Ave S (11 p.m. closure)

    Beginning at 6 am on race day, September 1st, 3rd Ave S from 4th St S to 8th St S will also be closed to traffic. All downtown roads will reopen at approximately 1 a.m on September 2nd.

    The remainder of the route will close at 3:30 p.m. on race day, September 1, and will remain closed until the race has finished, at approximately 8:00 p.m.

    The following intersections will be available for crossing the route during road closures (please note that Transit buses and Access-A-Ride white vans will have priority in crossing intersections):

    • 4 Ave S at 5 St S
    • 4 Ave S at 7 St S
    • Scenic Dr S at 2 Ave S
    • Scenic Dr S at 1 Ave S

    The intersection at Scenic Dr S and 3 Ave S will remain partially open throughout the race and permit traffic to and from the river valley.

    Parking Bans

    A parking ban will be in place beginning 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 for the entire race route and will last until the end of the race on September 1st. Towing of cars parked along the route will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 1. There will also be no parking in front of City Hall, the old Court House and the County of Lethbridge buildings (Stafford Dr to 11 St S) on September 1 to accommodate the re-location of the transit hub.

    Transit Changes

    Following the 2 p.m. departure from the main downtown transit hub (4 Ave and 6 St S), the hub will relocate to the 4 Ave and 9 St S intersection, in front of City Hall.  It will remain there until approximately 8:30 p.m., when it will move back to its normal 4th Ave S location.

    Other closures

    Residents should note that the north side recycling depot (junction of Stafford Dr. N. and Scenic Dr. N.) will be closed from 3 – 7:30 p.m. on September 1 and the Rotary Centennial Spray Park in Galt Gardens will be closed all day.

    For more information on all things related to the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial, visit www.lethbridge.ca/tourofalberta.

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