This Sunday, the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg cycle challenge will impact major roads in Johannesburg, spanning Soweto, Sandton, Midrand, and Braamfontein. Thousands of cyclists are anticipated to participate in the 97-kilometre race, commencing and concluding at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, as reported by IOL.
Road closures are scheduled from 4 am on Sunday, with Nasrec Road closing from Saturday midday between Randshow Road and Booysens Reserve Road. The race route covers Nasrec, Soweto, Braamfontein, M1 towards Sandton, Woodmead, Midrand, Kyalami, Fourways, Douglasdale, Randburg, Blairgowrie, Craighall, Parktown, rejoining the M1, and finishing at the stadium.
The M1 and Jan Smuts Avenue will be affected throughout the day. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) will deploy officers along the routes to ensure participant and pedestrian safety, managing traffic on affected roads.
Areas affected and closed between 4 am and 6 pm include Diepkloof, Orlando West, Noordgesig, Riverlea, Crown Mines, Selby, Braamfontein, Parktown, Houghton, Athol Oaklands, Kyalami, Lonehill, Kyalami Estates, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Sunninghill, Woodmead, Westcliff, Parkwood, Parktown North, Craighall Park, Blairgowrie, Randburg, Douglasdale, Fourways, Ormonde, and Nasrec.
Roads to avoid include Nasrec Road, Randshow Road, Soweto Highway, Booysens Reserve Road, N1 South Off-ramp to N17, N17, Main Reef Road, M2 East, M1 North and M2 West Roodepoort, M1 South, Woodmead Drive/R55, Pitts Avenue/R55, Begonia Road, Hawthorne Road, Main Road, Witkoppen Road, Kingfisher Drive, Alexander Avenue, Westway Road, Leslie Road, Douglas Drive, Grosvenor Road, Moray Drive, Cumberland Avenue, Homestead Avenue, Bram Fischer Drive, Jan Smuts Avenue, Bertha Street, and Carr Street.
Recommended alternative routes include M1N access from Empire Road and Jan Smuts Avenue, M1 North, M2 East from Simmonds Street, Rifle Range Road, Beyers Naude Drive, Empire Road, Rivonia Road, Oxford Road, Old Pretoria Main Road, Louis Botha Avenue, Winnie Mandela Drive, N1 North, and N1 South.
Residents and the public are urged to exercise caution and patience during the race, familiarising themselves with the traffic management plan to plan routes accordingly, as JMPD spokesperson Superintendent Xolani Fihla emphasised.
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