Organisers of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge have urged motorists to take note of wide-ranging road closures ahead of Joburg’s biggest cycling spectacle on Sunday, 18 November.
This year’s route has been flipped, meaning the previous year’s start will now be the finish line and vice-versa.
This is expected to have a significant impact on Joburg’s roads between 4am and 3pm. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the affected times to travel to their destinations.
The annual ride will start and finish at the Riversands Commercial Park just off the R511 in Fourways. It will meander through the streets of Joburg from Steyn City Boulevard through to Cedar Road, via Witkoppen Road, up through Jan Smuts Avenue until the M1 South and back. Cyclists will ride home through the R55, via Summit Road and back up to the finish line along Riversands Boulevard.
The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is held under the auspices of the City of Joburg in partnership with Primedia Broadcasting, Century Property Developments and telecommunications parastatal Telkom, which is the headline sponsor.
To ensure the safety of all cyclists, the City has ratified the closure of arterial roads, including the M1, Jan Smuts Avenue and several other routes in the Inner City. Closed routes will be manned by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and no access will be granted during the bicycle ride.
“It is Joburg’s biggest cycling event and it does have a huge impact with full road closures. It is best to prepare in advance, so you don’t get caught up in the subsequent traffic,” says Alexia Poulos, Primedia Broadcasting Group’s Events Manager.
Free parking is available at Riversands Commercial Park for supporters who wish to experience the start and finish of the race. Traffic officials and marshals will also be on hand to ensure the smooth movement of traffic.
“Road closures aside, the cycle challenge is a wonderful opportunity for the cycling supporters and residents of the City to plug into the amazing vibe we create on race day. There are a couple of spectator zones where you, your family and friends can have a great day out supporting the cyclists and connecting with your community. We’d love to see you there,” Poulos added.
947 Station Manager Thando Makhunga said the Cycle Challenge is one of the radio station’s most-prized events on the lifestyle calendar. “947 always looks forward to hosting this event, which showcases the energy and infectious spirit of the City and its people. We have a massive cycling community in Joburg and we are incredibly proud to give these them a day where they can truly own the city’s streets, safely. If you love cycling, 947 loves you,” said Makhunga.
This year, more than 110 registered charities have entered the race to fundraise and create awareness for good causes. Thousands of cyclists participate in the “Ride for a Purpose” initiative every year and have, to date, raised over R80-million for charity.
“The impact of this race is not limited to the day itself but lives on in the incredible work charities continue to do, thanks to the support of those who ‘Ride for a Purpose’. We are inspired by each cyclist that takes on the challenge on behalf of those who do good,” Makhunga added.
To view a list of all road closures, a detailed route map, and an interactive map to help you find alternative routes, visit www.cyclechallenge.co.za. For more information on the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge follow them on Twitter: @947Cycle – Facebook: facebook.com/947CycleChallenge or Instagram: 947CycleChallenge.