Westside street, parking restrictions for Prologue

       Westside street closures Monday, Aug. 22 for the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will include long portions of Colorado Avenue (west all the way from the downtown to 31st Street), Pikes Peak Avenue (west from 30th to 36th streets), 30th Street (between Uintah Street and the avenue) and all roads through the Garden of the Gods.
       The closure times will be from about 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       During the race, there will also be blockades preventing motorists from crossing the race course, and parking will not be allowed along the route or Cucharras Street between 21st and 26th streets (so transit buses can get through), according to information from event spokesperson Christina Brodsly.
       School District 11 has already sent out information to the public, advising that the detours will cause longer rides home in some cases, whether kids ride school buses or are picked up by their parents.
       D-11 schools let out at staggered times between 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. - a time frame when the Prologue will be in full swing.
       Regarding the relatively few students on foot needing to cross Colorado Avenue, two locations have been designated - 17th and at 8th streets.
       Because they will have to cross between racers (who will be coming down the avenue roughly a minute to two minutes apart), an escort system has been devised. “At each school, staff members will gather the student walkers who regularly cross Colorado,” states a press release from Debra Ashby, public information officer for District 11. “They will take the students to the designated crossing locations where staff members will meet up with a District 11 crossing guard, a member of the District 11 security team, a Colorado Springs police officer and a race official. These parties will coordinate their efforts to help students cross safely. Parents and guardians will need to make arrangements to meet their students on the other side of Colorado at these designated crossing locations.”

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