Richmond 2015 Announces Navigation Tools for 2015 UCI Road World Championships

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Paul Shanks

Richmond 2015

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Tammy Hawley

City of Richmond

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Richmond 2015 Announces Navigation Tools for 2015 UCI Road World Championships

Organizers Encourage Spectators to “Know Before You Go”

 

RICHMOND, Va., August 5, 2015 – Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, today unveiled the transportation plan for the nine-day cycling event taking place in Richmond in September.

In addition, Richmond 2015 launched its online navigation resource that enables citizens – whether they are planning to attend any of the 12 world championship races or not – and cycling fans to prepare for the world championships. Navigate.Richmond2015.com features interactive mapping tools and answers to questions about navigating the World Championships. Users will find information about where to watch, parking, traffic and transportation options.

  • The interactive navigation website for the UCI Road World Championships is available at Navigate.Richmond2015.com.
  • Detailed daily guides are now available for download.

“Today’s announcement is one that has been years in the making, and one that has included unprecedented regional collaboration,” said Wilson Flohr, CEO Richmond 2015. “The World Championships in Richmond will be a historic event, and today we are rolling out resources to ensure everyone gets to enjoy all it has to offer. Navigate.Richmond2015.com and the downloadable guides will answer many of the questions people have about traffic or parking during the World Championships.

“The main takeaway is that everyone should start planning now so they know before they go, whether that be to work or to cheer on best cyclists in the world.”

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones added: “Richmond 2015, the City of Richmond and Henrico and Hanover counties have all worked in collaboration on the formulation of this plan. We know that hosting the World Championships will present some changes to normal travel over the nine days of competition, but thanks to careful planning, those changes are manageable. The Richmond Region will be ready to host the World in less than 50 days.”

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships will be held Sept. 19-27. An estimated 450,000 spectators from the Richmond region and across the globe are anticipated over the nine days of racing:

DATE EVENT Start Time/Finish Time (EST)*
Sat., Sept. 19 Team Time Trial Training 9 a.m./12 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19 Time Trial Circuit Training 1 p.m./2:30 p.m
Sun., Sept. 20 Team Time Trial (Women) 11:30 a.m./12:55 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 20 Team Time Trial (Men) 1:30 p.m./3:35 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 21 Individual Time Trial (Jr. Men) 10 a.m./11:10 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 21 Individual Time Trial (U23 Men) 11:30 a.m./3:50 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 22

Individual Time Trial (Jr. Women) 9:30 a.m./1:05 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 22 Individual Time Trial (Elite Women)

1:30 p.m./4:45 p.m.Wed., Sept. 23Individual Time Trial (Elite Men)1 p.m./3:35 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 24Road Race Training10 a.m./12 p.m.Fri., Sept. 2Road Race (Jr. Women)10 a.m./11:50 a.m.Fri., Sept. 25Road Race (U23 Men)12:45 p.m./4:50 p.m.Sat., Sept. 26

Road Race (Jr. Men)9 a.m./12:15 p.mSat. Sept. 26Road Race (Elite Women)1 p.m./4:25 p.m.Sun., Sept. 27Road Race (Elite Men)9 a.m./3:40 p.m.

 

* Courses will close to traffic up to 1 hour before start time and re-open up to 1 hour after estimated finish time, all times listed in Eastern Standard Time

 

Traffic Management

In order to minimize traffic impact, the majority of road closures each day of Worlds take place after morning rush hour and before the afternoon commute.

“It was very important to us to look at the overall impact, especially on the downtown commute,” said Tim Miller, COO of Richmond 2015. “While we hope all the regional residents will attend some of the races, they will be able to get to where they need to go on race days. It may require them to leave a little earlier and spend a little time planning their commute. But they will be able to get to work each day.”

Navigate.Richmond2015.com includes interactive maps that highlight crossing points on the courses, enabling commuters to plan their trips accordingly. Miller added that through careful planning, only one parking deck in all of downtown Richmond will be inaccessible during the World Championships.

Some roads and highway ramps will close to through-traffic for extended periods during the World Championships. Among the long-term closures are:

  • Interstate 95, Exit 74 C (West Broad Street) will be closed to northbound and southbound traffic from Sept. 19-27; Exit 74 C (East Broad Street) will remain open to northbound traffic (ambulances, fire and police vehicles will continue to have access).
  • On-street parking on Monument Avenue from Davis Avenue to Belvidere Street will be prohibited from Sept. 17-29. Residents with access to private or off-street parking are encouraged to use it; Richmond 2015 and the City of Richmond are working on additional measures to facilitate parking for residents as needed.
  • Broad Street will be closed to traffic from 3rd Street to 7th Street and on-street parking will be prohibited from 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 through Sept. 30. Drivers are encouraged to use Leigh Street for east-west travel in the downtown area. Additional closures along Broad Street downtown are outlined at Navigate.Richmond2015.com.

Emergency services will be uninterrupted throughout the World Championships.

Parking/Transportation 

Cycling fans driving to the races are encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle and satellite parking options designed for the event.

Parking in the satellite lots is $10 per day and must be reserved in advance through www.2015worldsclickandpark.com – there is no cash payment option at the satellite lots. Free shuttles will take fans to and from the races at regular intervals daily. A complete schedule of satellite parking and shuttles can be found at Navigate.Richmond2015.com.

In addition, Richmond’s Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) is offering a special-event pass for $35 that is good for unlimited rides during Worlds (pass is valid from Sept. 18-28). For more information about schedules and routes, visit GRTC.

Cycling to the event is a great way to experience the World Championships. Richmond 2015 will operate multiple free Bike Valets for public throughout the nine-day event.

Where to Watch

The World Championships kicks off with its Opening Ceremony, a free celebration from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Brown’s Island on Sept. 18. Special guests include members of the UCI, USA Cycling and Team USA. Rayvon Owen, Richmond’s own American Idol finalist, will sing the national anthem, and the ceremony will include another special musical performance, and area students will lead a Parade of Flags featuring the flags representing the 70-plus nations competing during Worlds.

Special FanZones will prove to be popular places to watch the races. The two primary FanZones will be at the Start/Finish Line on Broad Street downtown and Libby Hill, where fans will be able to enjoy beer gardens, jumbotrons and food trucks, among other things. Another FanZone will be on 23rd Street with limited amenities.

The Richmond 2015 FanFest is free and open to the public during Worlds. Located inside the Greater Richmond Convention Center at Broad and 5th Streets (Start/Finish Line), the FanFest will feature daily race coverage as well as live music, great food, craft beers and interactive exhibitors and vendors. It also will be the site for the official UCI Awards Ceremonies.

Richmond 2015 is offering exclusive VIP ticket packages that feature fully catered meals and beverages at two of the best sites on the championship courses: the Start/Finish Line and Libby Hill. Details about the packages can be found here.

Minor Course Modification 

The UCI, which made its final visit to Richmond to review the courses last week, and Richmond 2015 have made a slight modification to the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial course that will be used on Sept. 23. To minimize impacting the VCU area, the Men’s Elite Individual Time trial course was modified slightly to utilize the common course route. Moving the inbound route from Broad Street to Franklin Street on the Western section of the course improves the flow of traffic around the course.

 

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About Richmond 2015, Inc.

Richmond 2015, Inc., is the independent nonprofit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.  Partners of Richmond 2015 include Altria, Anthem, CarMax, ChildFund International, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Davenport & Company, Dominion, Genworth, Hourigan Construction, Hunton & Williams, Kings Dominion, Lansing Building Products, Lexus, MARTIN’S Food Markets, MWV, McGuireWoods, Norfolk Southern, PIASCIK, The Community Foundation, TowneBank, University of Richmond, Virginia is for Lovers, VCU Medical Center and Williams Mullen.

 

In addition to its corporate partners, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County are all key partners of Richmond 2015. For more information about Richmond 2015 visit www.Richmond2015.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About the 2015 UCI Road World Championships

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships, cycling’s pinnacle event, will be held Sept. 19-27, 2015 in Richmond, Va., and is expected to attract as many as 450,000 onsite spectators from the Richmond region and across the globe over the course of the nine-day event as well as a worldwide TV audience in the hundreds of millions. More than 1,000 cyclists – Elite Men and Women, Under-23 Men and Junior Men and Women – from more than 70 countries will compete in three disciplines: the traditional Road Race, Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial. The event, which is being held in the United States for the first time since 1986, culminates with the traditional road races on Sept. 26 (women) and Sept. 27 (men). 

 

 

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