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Wilmington YMCA Triathlon takes place Saturday, Sept. 19th

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The Wilmington YMCA Triathlon is this Saturday, September 19, 2009. Event organizers are expecting approximately 1300 participants. The 20K Bike Course is almost entirely within the city limits. The Wilmington Police Department is responsible for traffic control during the cycling portion of the event. WPD Lt. O. M. Blanton is in charge of the operations plan. He has compiled basic traffic information as outlined below. * Please be patient. Watch out for bicyclists and exercise extreme caution. In past years there have been incidents in which drivers were in such a hurry that cyclists were hit. * Motorists can expect heavy traffic at some points along the route, but total duration of the cycling event is only about two hours, from approximately 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. * Expect heavy traffic delays at Oleander and Greenville Loop Road area, along Greenville Loop Road and Pine Grove Drive. Otherwise all traffic should flow freely. * Streets that are temporarily closed to through traffic will be made accessible for those who live there. WPD officers and volunteers will work with area residents needing to get home. The bike route is as follows: Leave Wrightsville Beach onto Airlie Road; Airlie Road to the intersection Oleander Drive, turning left into the eastbound lanes; Oleander to Greenville Loop Road to Pine Grove Drive and back onto Oleander, turning right and heading back to the east; Oleander / Military Cutoff to Eastwood, turning right and back across the bridge. Arrangements have been made to have many of the traffic signals along the course placed on flash during the event. The lights are scheduled to go on flash between 6:45 and 7:00 a.m. One or two WPD officers will be at all main intersections, and civilian volunteers will be stationed at other locations to help motorists and prevent lengthy delays. Greenville Loop Road to Pine Grove Drive - All eastbound traffic on Greenville Loop Road will be turned around at Greenville Sound Road, back toward Pine Grove, due to the intersection at Oleander Drive being blocked. All vehicle traffic on Pine Grove at Holly Tree will be diverted to S. College Road. There will be no northbound traffic on Pine Grove Drive. Cyclists will travel to Oleander Drive and back eastbound toward Greenville Loop Road where they will be diverted into one of the eastbound lanes. The other eastbound lane will be designated for cyclists leaving the beach (heading west). The westbound lanes will be open for westbound vehicular traffic. There will be no vehicle traffic allowed eastbound from Greenville Loop Road east toward Airlie; both lanes will be blocked off. All eastbound vehicular traffic on Oleander Drive will be diverted onto Greenville Avenue to Wrightsville Avenue around the blocked off area.

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Funny how that "share the

Funny how that "share the road" mantra is selectively applied. I'm all for sharing the road with bicycles, but shutting it down for them is a bit ridiculous.

Come on now...

How about when they shut down the downtown streets for the Azalea Festival Parade... or Riverfest? Are you The Grinch then too? It's a good event and there are plenty of other "bad" roads in Wilmington you can take to get where you are going.