HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — In just 51 days, Richmond will host nearly 500,000 people from around the world for the UCI bike tournament. Its taken law enforcement agencies four years of planning and preparation for the history making event.
On Tuesday, Henrico County laid out its plans for handling the near half-a-million people headed here for the UCI Road World Championships. Bikers will start out at Henrico’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, with most of the county route concentrated along Lakeside Avenue.
Wendy DeGroat lives right off Lakeside ave. and says, “We are very excited about it, we’re members of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, so we know the race is going to be taking off from there. so we hope to see some from there, some from here.”
The Henrico portion of the race will mostly impact the Varina district. The biggest concern facing residents is parking and getting in and out of the house with road closures lasting anywhere from 8:00 a.m. to late in the afternoon.
Henrico Supervisor for the Varina district, Tyrone Nelson says,”If you’re on the Osbourne corridor, Mill Road corridor, access will be difficult, but, you know, just either park, get out, look at the race. But if you have to leave, leave, come back after the race is over with.”
Residents I spoke to don’t seem to mind the inconvenience.
“I can see why a lot of people would be concerned, my wife’s business is going to be blocked by it too, but we’re just planning for it,” said Anne Carson.
“I am lucky enough to live close enough that i can bike to work if i need to, so that kind of makes it easier for me,” said DeGroat.
Henrico County is planning to have a designated parking area at anthem’s parking lot and shuttle service for people who want to see the race.