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Tour de France Fan Parks Due For Imminent Opening… (Also on Event Magazine Website)
Fan parks for the Tour de France – where supporters will be able to watch the event live on giant screens and enjoy festival-like atmosphere – are just 2 weeks away from opening. The parks, which will placed at various sites, are presented by healthcare charity and provider of wellbeing services Nuffield Health. They are one of several partners of the 2014 event; and have exclusive rights for official fan entertainment zones for this year’s Tour de France. They will be staged in Harrogate from July 3rd to 6th; and at 3 sites in London; including Trafalgar Square on July 5th to 7th and Canary Wharf on July 24th -27th. The fan parks will feature cycling focused retail stores, cafes, bars, cycling demonstrations and a food festival providing an array of world cuisines.
Sheffield Transport Network Braces for Visitors… (Also on Sheffield Star Website)
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is currently enjoying the calm before the storm – with the arrival of the Grand Depart now just a couple of weeks away. Typically; their call centre will deal with around a thousand calls on a normal day. When the Tour de France arrives however; they are expecting over 40,000 calls in just one weekend. 33 extra staff, every tram available and extra bus services are all being laid on to cope with the tens of thousands of visitors expected to attend in the event in Sheffield as the Tour arrives in the city on Sunday 6th July. David young – transport executive interim director general – told the Sheffield Star that ‘it will be all hands on deck. Normally on a Sunday night we might have three or four people in the contact centre, but for the tour de France it will be about 15. It will be open for longer hours as well. This will be one of the most challenging events we have ever had, apart from days when it snows and all the roads are affected.
Tour de France…Wheelie Good Guys… 11 Fantastic Tour de France Articles
Fever-pitch is now less than 3 weeks away. The Tour de France is set to descend on Yorkshire in a blaze of yellow glory; and we at Wheelie Good Guys simply cannot wait. To celebrate the rapid approach of the event; we’ve put together all of our best Tour de France coverage in one fantastic article! Includes:
– 5 Great Tour de France Vantage Points Around Sheffield
– 5 Reasons the Grand Depart Makes Sense for Yorkshire
– 10 Great Official Spots for the Yorkshire Grand Depart
– Stage 2 of Le Tour – A Detailed Looks Parts One and Two
– Classic Holme Moss Climb Sure to be Tour de France Highlight
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Calderdale Begins Major Clean up Operation in Preparation for Tour de France… (Also on Huddersfield Examiner Website)
The Big Clean has begun in Calderdale; as the 2014 Tour de France arrival draws ever closer. The army of council staff and volunteers getting involved are aiming to get the area looking at its best for the event. The team is taking to the streets with equipment and bags provided; and the council will assist with the removal of anything collected at the end of the day. The council has encouraged enthusiastic members of the public to get involved; with Councillor Steve Sweeney telling the Huddersfield Examiner that ‘the Tour de France is just around the corner, and in the run-up we’re doing everything we can to make sure Calderdale looks at its very best. We’re expecting 160,000 people to visit the borough to watch the tour, so we want to make the best impression to ensure they keep coming back.’
New Cycleways Included in Post Tour de France Vision for Leeds… (Also on Yorkshire Post Website)
Leeds City Council is planning a bid for more ‘cycle superhighways’ and the creation of two ‘closed circuit cycleways’; as the city aims to build a cycling legacy long after the Tour de France Grand Depart leaves Leeds this summer. The two concepts are included in suggestions to be discussed by the council’s executive board on June 25th. The aim is to improve on the £29 million CityConnect segregated cycle superhighway – which is Government funded – and currently under construction from east Leeds to Bradford; with the addition of similar segregated lanes through further funding bids. Council leader Keith Wakefield told the Yorkshire Post that ‘this is our chance to be bold, ambitious and creative by bringing together all key stakeholders, their views and ideas to make cycling something which is all-inclusive with no barriers to participation and at the heart of Leeds as a modern city of the future.’