Day of Memories as Tour de France Comes to York
7:52am 6th July 2014
(Updated 12:28pm 7th July 2014)
After months of planning, a day of excitement has come to an end as the Tour de France has left North Yorkshire.
Thousands of people gathered on the streets of the city, giving the Tour a fantastic Yorkshire welcome. Parties have been continuing across York, including at the Museum Gardens with the traders of Bishopthorpe Road praised for their street party earlier in the day.
David Dunning made this video report as Tour de France day dawned in York.
David Dunning also made this report on the early build up of the Tour de France in York:
Crowds gathered at sites around York, including by York Minster.
Excitement continued to build across York during the week as this report from David Dunning explains
The activity began just after 9am, when the caravan went through the city. The caravan, where Tour sponsors shared goodies with the crowds, set off from the Knavesmire and made it's way through York city centre.
Minster FM's Paul Spence was at the street party on Bishopthorpe Road when the caravan went past.
David Dunning made this video with a family who watched the race go by on Clifton Green.
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The route of the today's Tour de France in York was:
- Bishopthorpe Road
- Bishopgate Street, over the river to Tower Street
- Passes Clifford’s Tower on Tower Street
- Along Coney Street Turns right opposite the Mansion House/St Helen’s Square Onto Davygate
- Along Church Street, Goodramgate and turns onto Deangate to pass the Minster
- Onto Duncombe Place
- Right onto St Leonard’s Place
- Onto the A19 Bootham
- Turns onto Water End at Clifton
- Back onto Boroughbridge Road and out of York on the A59.
DAY ONE OF TOUR IN YORKSHIRE HAILED "MASSIVE SUCCESS"
Organisers have hailed the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire as a "massive success". More than a million people lined the route for Stage One between Leeds and Harrogate, with 230,000 spectators in Leeds city centre.
Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd said: “Today has been a massive success with well over one million people enjoying the sporting action along the route. Spectators have had a fantastic day they will never forget and Yorkshire has been showcased to a massive global audience.
“It has taken a huge amount of planning and teamwork, so thank you to all of our partners, and especially our stewards and the Tour Maker volunteers for all of their hard work."
“Today has set the tone for the next two days, and we look forward to seeing more huge crowds lining the route to watch the world’s best cyclists in action."
A woman who fell through a roof in Skipton is said to have suffered minor injuries.The woman was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary and police are described her injuries as cuts and bruises.
North Yorkshire Police were called at around 12.30pm on Saturday 5 July 2014 to reports that a woman had fallen through a roof at the Corn Mill on Chapel Street in Skipton.
The woman, believed to be in her forties, was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being airlifted to hospital.
It is believed the woman had climbed on the roof via a first floor window.
The route of the Tour de France was not affected by the incident.
Cllr Alexander, leader of City of York Council said:
“I just want to thank all the staff involved from the council, the emergency services and city-wide partners who’ve worked hard for the past year on making this day as special as it has been - ensuring the best of York is seen by billions of people worldwide”.
Cllr Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:
“This weekend the city has really come together as a community – an estimated 100,000 people celebrating le Tour in York! Thank you to the many community groups and organisation’s who’ve put such a huge effort in not just today’s festivities but the incredible 100 days cultural festival which has drawn its own crowds along the way”.
Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council said:
“What a day! I am so proud of the city my colleagues and I serve, the people who live here and the businesses based here. York will not be forgotten after the celebrations we’ve put on for this once in a lifetime event."
Cycle Yorkshire legacy:
Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council:
“We’re already seeing the economic impact of this incredible event as people come here to cycle not only for the Tour de France route, but for the rest of the county. We should see a five year uplift in tourism following the event - which is fantastic - but the real legacy will be about an increase in participation in seeing more people cycling more often across the region. Cycle Yorkshire is a partnership of the region’s local authorities working with Welcome to Yorkshire and other cycling, support and educational organisations to make sure we’re building on the momentum of this event to do just that over the next ten years. Key to this vision is ensuring future generations of cyclists understand the benefits of cycling and access to the skills, facilities and equipment to cycle confidently and safely, wherever they are. This is what we are collectively working to achieve.”
The Grand Départ of the Tour de France - which brought hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets and roads of North Yorkshire at the weekend – has been hailed a ‘massive success’ by the Leader of North Yorkshire County Council.
County Councillor John Weighell:
“This was quite simply a fantastic event, of huge importance not only in terms of spectator enjoyment at the weekend but even more significantly in terms of the postive image of our county which was presented to a global television audience of millions,”
“I am confident we shall be counting the benefits of this extraordinary event for many years to come. North Yorkshire looked fabulous, and there can be no doubt that our vitally important tourism economy will reap huge rewards from this amazing international promotion.”
“The County Council’s highways teams worked hard to keep traffic moving despite the influx of thousands of extra vehicles, while the social care teams ensured people who needed support continued to receive it despite the disruption,”
Before the race, the County Council issued some 650 road closure notices to enable the event to take place in safety. It also issued appeals to motorists not to obstruct the route with vehicles – and on the days of the event, the roads proved to be clear and there was no need to employ the emergency towing options which had been drawn up as a precaution.
Councillor Weighell added:
“I’d also like to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of spectators along the route who overwhelmingly respected the countryside, and enjoyed themselves immensely without creating problems like litter, or damage to property. ”
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