Penarth Esplanade, Cliff Hill and Cliff Road are closed all day from 07:00 this morning through until 17:00. for a motorcycle event.
For the second time the “Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride” – an event in which well-dressed men ride motorbikes in procession and park along the Esplanade – is being held in Penarth in aid of a prostate cancer charity
Last year the self-styled “Distinguished Gentlemen” occupied all the pedestrian area of the promenade whilst the Esplanade road remained open to normal traffic. Pedestrians had no option but to walk along a narrow section of pavement next to oncoming traffic.
This year – for the first time – other traffic will be diverted via Bridgeman Road and Marine Parade but the Vale of Glamorgan Council says that pedestrian access to the sea front will be “maintained at all times” .The only vehicles allowed along the Esplanade – apart from the event motorbikes – will be emergency vehicles and those of the RNLI lifeboat crew
Some motorbikes were ranged along Penarth Pier in last year’s event.
There will be more road closures in Penarth next Sunday for the Cardiff Half Marathon in which up to 20,000 runners are expected to take part.
As in previous years, these closures will affect traffic coming into Penarth via the Baron’s Court junction and the Tesco roundabout . Terra Nova Way and Penarth Portway will be closed and there will be no access to the Marina from Dock Hill. Normally traffic controls for this event at lifted by midday.