PENARTH SEA-FRONT CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ALL DAY FOR MOTORCYCLE PARADE

The Drstinguished Gentlemen's Ride - arriving en-mass at Penarth Esplanade last year . This time the traffic arrangements are different

Crashhelmets and cravats : The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride – arriving en-mass at Penarth Esplanade last year . This time the traffic arrangements are different. Cars are banned.

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.

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 time the road is closed.

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.

Last year parents with toddlers and push-chairs had to weave their way past more than 100 motorbikes

Last year parents with toddlers and push-chairs had to weave their way past more than 100 massed motorbikes

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

Last year some of the motorbikes even occupied part of Penarth Pier

Last year some of the motorbikes even occupied part of Penarth Pier

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.

Olympic champion Mo Farah was amongst the competitors in last year's Cardiff Half Marathon routed through Penarth Marina

Olympic champion Mo Farah (in the blue cap) was amongst the competitors – but at the back of the leading pack –  in last year’s Cardiff Half Marathon routed through Penarth Marina

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.

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8 Responses to PENARTH SEA-FRONT CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ALL DAY FOR MOTORCYCLE PARADE

  1. Christopher David says:

    What a fabulous event and supporting such an important cause.

  2. Paul says:

    Love them likle jap bikes, put, put….

  3. Christopher David says:

    Bit of a change from Mods n Rockers as in my day though. Would be nice to broaden this out.

  4. Russell Dobbins says:

    Last year’s DGR used the promenade for parking the bikes. We were very uncomfortable with this arrangement as heavy motorcycles, small children and dogs do not mix well. This was a major worry for us and, on top of this, I am hugely anti-pavement parking. So for this year, with 200 bikes expected, compared to 115 last year, we asked the local authority if they would be prepared to close the road. We worked closely with all traders on the Prom to ensure their business was unaffected, which involved letting through their staff and customers with mobility problems. It wasn’t just emergency vehicles. I was down there at 7am to make sure everything ran smoothly and sensibly. Parking was left free at the second half of the Prom and the hill for this very reason. Lots of people walked down from the town to see the bikes arrive and to join in the fun for a couple of hours. Indeed, the event brought with it great business for traders, much to the surprise of some I think. And it cost the Town nothing to run. Vale of Glamorgan CC comes in for a lot of stick but the event could not have happened without the support and enthusiasm of their Events Team, who were troopers. Plans for next year have already started, with more to see and do, and we hope the people of Penarth – my town – will get behind the event even more than they did this year. Many thanks to everyone who supported us and gave money on the day. We raised £300 on the Prom and James Sommerin, who set up a food stall, donated £1 for every burger he sold, which added another £100. Good man! The event itself, as of today, has raised £8,000 towards research into prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Globally – the event is held in 80 countries and 400 cities on the same day – some £2.5 million has been raised so far.

    Cheers – one tired DGR organiser and just one volunteer

  5. Christopher David says:

    Jolly good job Mr Dobbins. Well doe the VOG vents team as well. I’m going to check out entry.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Had a decko and not sure my beefed 79 Honda CB 750 qualifies Mr Dobbins. Mostly state pre 70’s but there are caveats. I’ve asked, one can only but try.

  7. Russell Dobbins says:

    A ’79 CB750 would fit in very nicely. It’s older than my ’81 BMW airhead! What we don’t want is modern sports bikes, tourers and cruisers. Older stuff, interesting stuff and retro stuff fit the bill very well. We had a couple of Ducati 916s turn up, with the riders wearing modern kit. Completely at odds with the event and they looked, well, daft. Our policy is not to get confrontational on the day so they were allowed to tag along, but we were unhappy about it. Cheers.

  8. Christopher David says:

    Thanks Russell. I did check on the website and was given permission🙂 I’m not often home in Penarth that time of year but think I’ll sign up and join in if I can. Will go back to site for more info in general. Worthy causes supported and wow is it a bit org across the globe. Thanks and indeed Cheers. CD

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