Velo Birmingham & Midlands 2020 road closures revealed

The Velo cycling event is returning to the West Midlands for a third time this year.

Velo Birmingham & Midlands is back for 2020 with a new summertime date of Sunday 21 June.

Organisers said: “Starting in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, our 100 mile route will take 18,000 riders on a truly unforgettable journey through the West Midlands on closed roads.

“Riders can expect to encounter stunning countryside, panoramic views, picturesque villages and iconic climbs… not to mention the tens of thousands of local residents lining the streets cheering the riders on.”

They go on to explain: “100 mile entries are now closed, but we are hoping to reopen entries in the coming months once we have finalised capacities based on our new and improved route. Entries for our shorter route will open in 2020.”

The event goes through parts of Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire and then finishes back in Birmingham.

And the road closures have now been revealed on a map sent out to residents, reports Coventry Live.

Up to 750,000 households along the route are being sent a leaflet including the route map so that they know when roads near their homes are due to be closed.

Road closures:

* Sector one

Birmingham and North Warwickshire

4.30am until 10am

* Sector two

Hurley, Church End and Astley

5.30am until 11.30am

* Sector three

Fillongley and Exhall

6am until 12.15pm

* Sector four

Foleshill Road and Radford Road in Coventry

6.15am until 1.15pm – ring road (clockwise) 6.15am until 1.45pm

* Sector five

Corley Moors, Meriden, Berkswell

6.30am until 2.15pm.

* Sector six

Chadwick End and Dorridge

7am until 3pm

* Sector seven

Shirley area

7.30am until 4pm

* Sector eight

Rednal and Frankley

8am until 5.15pm

* Sector nine

Halesowen and Quinton

8am until 6.15pm

In the leaflet it says: “The purpose of this leaflet is to provide you with information about how to plan for the event which will pass near you.

“It also includes a detailed route map and key contact information that we recommend that you keep hold of in case you need it in the lead up to the event or on the day itself.

“Due to the number of riders participating in the Velo Birmingham and Midlands, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the full route to ensure the safety of the riders and the general public.

“This could impact your local travel arrangements on Sunday, June 21, including transport. Where possible, we recommend planning travel ahead.

It adds: “Footpaths and pavements will not be affected, so pedestrians will be able to use these as well as existing crossing points. In some sections of the route where there is a lack of suitable footpaths, pedestrian access to the road will be facilitated for access purposes only.

“Please take extra care when navigating roads along the route on foot and ask an event steward for assistance if you are unsure.

“Some bus services will be affected during the road closures. Check local bus routes on the West Midlands Network website and get the best travel options using the public transport journey planner.”

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