The third Tour de Yorkshire over the Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April, is a great chance to get out and about in North Yorkshire to see a world class field of cyclists taking part.
To make the most of this great event, planning your tour weekend will help you to enjoy the race and stay safe - spectators are encouraged to walk or cycle instead of driving to locations on the route and to behave responsibly.
Stage 1 of the men's race on the 28 April, starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough, taking in parts of the east coast and the Ryedale district. Stage 2 on 29 April incorporates the men's and women's race, starting in Tadcaster and finishing in Harrogate, visiting parts of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Finally, Stage 3 on Sunday 30 April starts in Bradford and finishes at Fox Valley in Sheffield, taking in parts of the Craven district en route.
North Yorkshire County Council's Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services, David Bowe, said: "We want everyone watching the Tour de Yorkshire to enjoy it, but we also want spectators to take care, be safe and respect their surroundings. The safety of the cyclists, other road users and spectators is paramount, so we are urging everyone to plan ahead and be prepared."
Spectators are being urged to:
- Think about leaving your car at home - where possible cycle, walk or use public transport to travel to watch the race.
- Avoid parking on the race route at any time during 28 to 30 April.
- Park in designated car parks.
- Respect other road users and "share the road".
- Be careful when walking or cycling to, from or during the race.
- Avoid standing on bridges across the route to watch the race.
- Avoid standing on sections of the route that are narrow, have no verge or have walls with a drop behind them.
- Watch the weather forecast, dress appropriately and check for weather warnings.
- Respect their surroundings and follow the countryside code.
- Keep to footpaths, use gates and stiles and respect signs.
- Preserve and protect our dry stone walls by not climbing, standing or sitting on them.
- Avoid trespassing on private land.
- Respect the race - behave responsibly and be mindful of where you stand to watch the race. Give maximum space to the race by keeping off the carriageway. Avoid using selfie sticks and don't obstruct the riders. The use of drones for photography 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.
- Be mindful that the rolling road closures finish once the end of race vehicle has passed.
North Yorkshire County Council is working with public transport providers to plan for the event. Some bus and train services will be affected. The Scarborough and Whitby Park and Ride sites will be fully operational on the day of the race, however some services will be affected by the race and its associated rolling road closures.
In Whitby there will be some delays to services between 3.30pm and 4:30pm as the race passes through the town. In Scarborough, between 3:45pm and 6pm the Park and Ride will only serve York Place in the town centre. There will be no service to and from Aquarium Top, St Nicholas Street or St Thomas Street during this time. Further information will be provided at northyorks.gov.uk/tour when any changes are made.
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 local events taking place across the race weekend in towns and villages along the route. Once the race has passed, stay and enjoy some North Yorkshire hospitality.