Bournemouth Gears Up For Sky Ride

20 July 2013, 05:23 | Updated: 20 July 2013, 05:38

Bournemouth Town Centre's being transformed into a Grand Prix style race circuit for a cycling spectacular on Saturday evening (20th July).

Sky Ride is aimed at getting families to go cycling together - but there'll also be high-speed races with more than 130 elite riders along with demonstrations and entertainment.

Starting the event will be the Sky Ride at 6.30pm which is a free organised bike ride in which thousands of people of all ages and abilities can ride around town, the circuit racing gets underway at 7.10 pm.

It means there will be road closures which could cause major delays as people also leave the beaches, they are:

Bourne Avenue / Avenue Road closed to all traffic except for buses and taxis from 6pm -11pm.

Commercial Road / Terrace Road / Exeter Road closed in a south-westbound direction only from 6.15pm - 11pm. Access to Terrace Road, Upper Terrace Road and Orchard Street will be via The BIC Roundabout only. The diversion route will be via Priory Road and Exeter Road.

Exeter Park Crescent and Exeter Park Road shut off from 6.15pm - 11pm. Car parks and properties on these roads will have a limited window to egress at approximately 8.20pm for 10 minutes, and then again from 10pm.

Bath Hill / Westover Road /Gervis Place (link to Hinton Road) closed from 6.15pm - 11pm. Bath Hill will be closed southbound between Russell Cotes Road and Bath Hill roundabout with access permitted to the Royal Bath Hotel only throughout the evening, and to Bath Road and Pavilion car parks until 7.10pm.

Exeter Road / Gervis Place /Pier Approach flyover closed to all traffic from 6.15pm - 11pm. Bus services will operate from Bourne Avenue and Avenue Road instead of Gervis Place.

Some car parks will also be closed and stewards will be on hand at the road closure points to advise people about where they can park. They are:

Bath Road car parks - from 6.15pm access south of Bath Hill Roundabout will be to the car parks only. Access into, and out of the car parks will be restricted between 7.10pm - 9.45pm.

Pavilion car park - People can access the Pavilion car park until 7.10pm. People will be able to leave the car park via the Bath Road entrance/exit from 9.45pm.

NCP car park (Exeter Road) - People can access this car park until 6.15pm. Normal access will resume at 10.45pm

At 8.20pm for 10 minutes people will be able to exit these car parks.