Issued by City of York Council
On Saturday, September 14 Sky Ride York will take to the historic streets of York in partnership with City of York Council, British Cycling and Sky. Due to the size and scale of the event there will be some temporary traffic and transport changes to ensure the safety of everyone taking part.
Residents and visitors are urged to make use of the city’s extensive Park and Ride network on the day, particularly by using the Park and Pedal facilities at the Designer Outlet, Grimston Bar, Rawcliffe Bar and Monks Cross.
If people are unsure on which route to take to join the Sky Ride there are two Sky Ride social rides leading into the city centre setting off from Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride and The York Sport Village (behind Grimston Bar P&R) at 9am and 9.30am respectively.
These rides will be lead by trained Sky Ride local ride leaders. For more info on the rides go to the Sky Ride website.
Bus routes will be altered to ensure that access into and out of the city centre is maintained, whilst avoiding those roads closed as part of the route. Revised timetables have been put into place to ensure their smooth running.
Residents and visitors are being encouraged to check their travel plans with the new arrangements in advance and allow extra time for their journeys on the day. A complete list of bus route diversions is availible to to download from the iTravel York website.
Castle car park will continue to be open on the day, however there will be reduced capacity to allow for one of the SkyRide ‘activation zones’ featuring activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. A traffic management stop/go process will be in place here to assist the smooth flow of traffic.
Esplanande car park will also be open and will have a traffic management stop/go system in place.
Rowntree Park car park will be closed on both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September due to the Festival of Cycling taking place, as in previous years. Due to safety reasons there will be no access to parking inside the route.
Sky Ride is one of many cycling activities and events coming up in York, in the lead up to the city hosting the worlds largest cycling event, the Grand Depart Stage 2 Tour de France in 2014. More information is available on the council website.