Skipton will be "closed" if Tour de France crowds get too big

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Skipton will be "closed" if Tour de France crowds get too big

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SKIPTON, pinpointed as a "hotspot" for spectators along the route of the Tour de France's grand depart, will be cordoned off if the town gets too full.

Emergency measures to control the numbers will kick-in if it is deemed to have reached capacity - something in the region of 13,000 people - a roadshow in Skipton was told.

The meeting was called by Craven District Council, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to give tips to businesses on how to take advantage of the third biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the World Cup.

Sharon Hudson, who is coordinating the event for Craven, said in the wider area around the town centre, something in the region of 30,000 people were expected.

Barriers would be placed along Newmarket Street and up High Street to protect the public and riders.

People would be accommodated in "pens" for their safety along High Street and there would be four marshalled crossing points.

She said: "Skipton has been named as an official spectator hub. It is seen as a hotspot for crowd numbers.

"Our aim is to make sure that people have a safe and enjoyable experience and that traders get the most out of this fantastic opportunity."

She stressed that once people had selected where they wished to watch the race, they should remain there and not try to follow the riders.

When it had passed they could then watch the rest of the race on giant screens at two sites, in the Canal Basin and the town centre car park where there would be live screening.

Cycling pundit Carl Lawrenson would be keeping spectators informed on the race's progress. He has been race commentator for The Tour of Britain and Tour Series for the last five years, and was the announcer at the 2013 UCI World Track Championships, the UCI World Cup events, and the Men's and Women's Road Cycling races at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The council has prepared a map with details of public and temporary parking and has also highlighted the location of permanent and temporary campsites. North Yorkshire County Council's website also gives details of road closures.

Throughout the day, people will be working to remove rubbish and once the festivities were over, a giant clean up would be organised which would involve volunteer litter-pickers.

People are encouraged to visit both Craven Council and NYCC websites for details which will continue to be updated.

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10:04am Thu 29 May 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

So the freedom of the whole town is to be taken away for an indefinite number of hours because a few business people want to spend a lot of our money in the hopes of making some for themselves, just for a few bicycles. Wonderful.
So the freedom of the whole town is to be taken away for an indefinite number of hours because a few business people want to spend a lot of our money in the hopes of making some for themselves, just for a few bicycles. Wonderful. Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: 8

6:36pm Thu 29 May 14

Mart56 says...

Skipton Ratepayer wrote:
So the freedom of the whole town is to be taken away for an indefinite number of hours because a few business people want to spend a lot of our money in the hopes of making some for themselves, just for a few bicycles. Wonderful.
So you'd rather cancel the event and spoil the enjoyment of the 13000 who will be watching? I think that our money will be well spent, unlike much of the taxes that Government, both local and central, waste on a daily basis.
[quote][p][bold]Skipton Ratepayer[/bold] wrote: So the freedom of the whole town is to be taken away for an indefinite number of hours because a few business people want to spend a lot of our money in the hopes of making some for themselves, just for a few bicycles. Wonderful.[/p][/quote]So you'd rather cancel the event and spoil the enjoyment of the 13000 who will be watching? I think that our money will be well spent, unlike much of the taxes that Government, both local and central, waste on a daily basis. Mart56
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Thu 29 May 14

Ritchie6 says...

The idea of cancelling the event is sadly too late. The fact is that it should never have been here in the first place. Many of us who aren't the slightest bit interested in this nonsense will be imprisoned in our villages due to road closures. I bet that it won't be going past the organisers homes and inconveniencing them. What on earth is the attraction? We've all seen people riding bikes so there's no novelty in it!!
The idea of cancelling the event is sadly too late. The fact is that it should never have been here in the first place. Many of us who aren't the slightest bit interested in this nonsense will be imprisoned in our villages due to road closures. I bet that it won't be going past the organisers homes and inconveniencing them. What on earth is the attraction? We've all seen people riding bikes so there's no novelty in it!! Ritchie6
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Thu 29 May 14

Concernedindividual says...

I hope no one needs an ambulance (or out of hour GP) or to visit an ill or elderly friend/relative at home or in Airedale Hosp.
I hope no one needs an ambulance (or out of hour GP) or to visit an ill or elderly friend/relative at home or in Airedale Hosp. Concernedindividual
  • Score: 21

8:29pm Thu 29 May 14

Mart56 says...

At least I can agree with one thing Ritchie 6 says - it is too late to think about cancelling it! I along with the vast majority will enjoy the occasion and I'm sure those that aren't interested will find something to do at home for a few hours.
At least I can agree with one thing Ritchie 6 says - it is too late to think about cancelling it! I along with the vast majority will enjoy the occasion and I'm sure those that aren't interested will find something to do at home for a few hours. Mart56
  • Score: -8

9:48am Fri 30 May 14

stone_174 says...

This is one of the world's largest sporting events - all eyes will be in Yorkshire, the Dales and Skipton. Can't we at least try to get in to the spirit of things instead of worrying about the inconvenience?
As a resident in the centre of Skipton I'm fully aware that I can't really get out by car on the day but hey, it's one day out of the year and a day I hope to remember for years to come - for all the right reasons. Le Grand Départ is so much more than just 'people riding bikes', it's a chance for the community to come together and show the world what a great place Skipton (and Yorkshire) can be. Embrace it, go with it, you might just enjoy it!
This is one of the world's largest sporting events - all eyes will be in Yorkshire, the Dales and Skipton. Can't we at least try to get in to the spirit of things instead of worrying about the inconvenience? As a resident in the centre of Skipton I'm fully aware that I can't really get out by car on the day but hey, it's one day out of the year and a day I hope to remember for years to come - for all the right reasons. Le Grand Départ is so much more than just 'people riding bikes', it's a chance for the community to come together and show the world what a great place Skipton (and Yorkshire) can be. Embrace it, go with it, you might just enjoy it! stone_174
  • Score: 4

11:13am Fri 30 May 14

Ritchie6 says...

Mart56 wrote:
At least I can agree with one thing Ritchie 6 says - it is too late to think about cancelling it! I along with the vast majority will enjoy the occasion and I'm sure those that aren't interested will find something to do at home for a few hours.
The road between Skipton and Threshfield is closed from 6.00am until 3.00pm so it's hardly "a few hours". I cannot understand the logic in this at all. A few blokes on bikes, most of whom the vast majority of people have never heard of will be cycling by. BIG DEAL! What on earth is the attraction? We have hundreds of cyclists up the Dales every week so it's nothing new is it? The farmers will certainly make a killing out of it by renting out fields for a tidy sum to gullible campers but I can't see any other benefits to the local residents. I know of a few neighbours who have decided to go away for the weekend to avoid the chaos being forced upon us by a few glory seeking councillors and organisers
[quote][p][bold]Mart56[/bold] wrote: At least I can agree with one thing Ritchie 6 says - it is too late to think about cancelling it! I along with the vast majority will enjoy the occasion and I'm sure those that aren't interested will find something to do at home for a few hours.[/p][/quote]The road between Skipton and Threshfield is closed from 6.00am until 3.00pm so it's hardly "a few hours". I cannot understand the logic in this at all. A few blokes on bikes, most of whom the vast majority of people have never heard of will be cycling by. BIG DEAL! What on earth is the attraction? We have hundreds of cyclists up the Dales every week so it's nothing new is it? The farmers will certainly make a killing out of it by renting out fields for a tidy sum to gullible campers but I can't see any other benefits to the local residents. I know of a few neighbours who have decided to go away for the weekend to avoid the chaos being forced upon us by a few glory seeking councillors and organisers Ritchie6
  • Score: 5

3:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

TheGerihatrick says...

Ritchie6 wrote:
The idea of cancelling the event is sadly too late. The fact is that it should never have been here in the first place. Many of us who aren't the slightest bit interested in this nonsense will be imprisoned in our villages due to road closures. I bet that it won't be going past the organisers homes and inconveniencing them. What on earth is the attraction? We've all seen people riding bikes so there's no novelty in it!!
The clue as to where it should be starting and finishing is in the name - Tour de France...so you are quite right in asking what the heck is it doing here in Yorkshire in the first place???
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: The idea of cancelling the event is sadly too late. The fact is that it should never have been here in the first place. Many of us who aren't the slightest bit interested in this nonsense will be imprisoned in our villages due to road closures. I bet that it won't be going past the organisers homes and inconveniencing them. What on earth is the attraction? We've all seen people riding bikes so there's no novelty in it!![/p][/quote]The clue as to where it should be starting and finishing is in the name - Tour de France...so you are quite right in asking what the heck is it doing here in Yorkshire in the first place??? TheGerihatrick
  • Score: 1

2:41am Thu 5 Jun 14

John Civis says...

I watched my first Tour de France in 1953 and have the race most years since then - but in France, the country in which the race should take place NOT in Yorkshire.

The current style of racing is for all the cyclists - probably around 200 of them to stay grouped until the last few hundred yards. This means of course that spectators might well stand waiting for a couple of hours..only for 'the race' to flash past in ten or fifteen seconds. As one young french boy was heard to comment to his mate last year, after having waited for hours 'Was that it..then?

The local authorities should not have allowed this 'spectacle' to become so inflated...but I suppose it just reflects their egos...and the amount of money squandered on it. But there again...it's not their money they're spending, is it?
I watched my first Tour de France in 1953 and have the race most years since then - but in France, the country in which the race should take place NOT in Yorkshire. The current style of racing is for all the cyclists - probably around 200 of them to stay grouped until the last few hundred yards. This means of course that spectators might well stand waiting for a couple of hours..only for 'the race' to flash past in ten or fifteen seconds. As one young french boy was heard to comment to his mate last year, after having waited for hours 'Was that it..then? The local authorities should not have allowed this 'spectacle' to become so inflated...but I suppose it just reflects their egos...and the amount of money squandered on it. But there again...it's not their money they're spending, is it? John Civis
  • Score: 3

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