Traffic to be detoured for Cycle NC

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By Nicole Bowman-Layton

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Cycle NC staff visited the region this past week to firm up plans for the upcoming bicycling event.

Chip Hofler, vice president of North Carolina Amateur Sports, said planning for the event is going well.

Cycle NC kicks off Thursday, April 25, with registration being held at John A. Holmes High School. The rides will be held Friday-Sunday, April 26-28.

During Cycle NC, some changes in traffic and parking will occur in downtown Edenton, said Nancy Nicholls, Chowan County Tourism Development Authority director.

The end of South Broad Street, next to the Confederate statue, will be closed to traffic. At the intersection with Water Street, drivers will have the option of turning left or right on to Water Street or making a U-Turn to go back up South Broad. They won’t be able to go around the statue or to the Penelope Barker House parking lot. Also traffic on Water Street will be one way -- East Water Street traffic will head toward Oakum Street, while West Water Street traffic will head toward Granville Street.

Nichols said some parking will be blocked off. Shower trucks will be set up at the Unanimity Lodge, at the corner of East Water and Oakum streets, and at Colonial Park. The park’s parking lot will be closed starting Wednesday night, April 24. Some parking spots at Elizabeth Vann Moore Park, near the lodge, also will be blocked.

Volunteers still are needed in a variety of spots, from helping with registration to serving food at rest stops. For information and to sign up, visit https://ncsports.org/event/cyclenc_coastal_ride/volunteer/ .

Volunteer boaters also are needed to give 15-20 minute tours of Edenton’s scenic waterways. The boats are needed from 3-6 p.m. April 26 and 27. To volunteer, call the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce at 252-482-3400.

According to event organizers, the first day of the event, Friday, April 26, will be the Chowan and Perquimans County route, which has stops at Sycamore Farm, Hertford, Nicholson House and Rocky Hock.

On Saturday, April 27, the bicyclists will travel across the US 17 bridge, heading over to Bertie County. The rest stops include one manned by Edenton Boys and Girls Club, and stops at Capehart's Baptist Church, Leggett's Grill, Windsor, San Souci Ferry and Scotch Hall.

Winds permitting, the visitors will travel south on Sunday, April 28, visiting Columbia. If it’s too windy, they will relive the Friday routes. Rest stops along the Columbia route include Waterside, 4-H Center, Creswell and Columbia.

Full descriptions of the routes will be released the Monday before the event.