Bike race closes downtown streets

Sunday event lasts all day

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, several streets in downtown Vancouver will be closed to motor vehicles for the Vancouver Courthouse Criterum bike races.

Local businesses and residents will have access, but should expect delays. Intersections will be monitored by volunteers.

Here are the east-west closures: West 13th Street from 100 yards west of Franklin Street to Daniels Street; West 12th Street between Franklin and Washington streets; West 11th Street between Franklin and Washington streets.

The north-south closures are: Franklin Street between West 11th and Mill Plain; Esther Street between Evergreen Boulevard and West 13th Street; Davis Street between Evergreen Boulevard and West 13th Street.; Columbia Street between Evergreen Boulevard and West 13th Street.

Also, there will be turn restrictions for cars at these intersections: from Evergreen to Columbia, and from Mill Plain to Franklin.

People traveling to Esther Short Park from the north should use Washington Street or Kauffman/Jefferson streets.

Spectators are welcome at any point on the course. The bike races follow a figure-eight course of downtown streets and feature a variety of divisions. The start/finish line is at 12th and Daniels streets. The final race, featuring the most experienced men riders, is scheduled to start at 5:20 p.m. and last for an hour. The race for top-level women is set for 3:45 p.m. and runs for 40 minutes.