Mobility made easier for Amgen race day

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Getting from your car to a great viewing place for the Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 start Tuesday just got a little easier. Mayor Bill Kirby is paying for a shuttle to run before and after the race. Kirby said he is donating the money for a shuttle because he doesn’t want spectators, especially elderly ones, to have to walk from the Fairgrounds to a race viewpoint. “I’m paying for it because nobody else did,” Kirby said. “So a shuttle will run from the fairgrounds so nobody will have to walk from the fairgrounds. (I’m paying) $85 an hour. I was hoping somebody else would do it. I’m already a $2,500 sponsor of the event, but since nobody did I don’t want people walking from the fairgrounds, especially older people.” According to Bernie Schroeder, director of the Auburn Public Works Department, Kirby will be paying $255 for the shuttle. Kirby said the price doesn’t mean anything to him. He simply wants the shuttle to be available so people don’t have to walk. The shuttle runs in between the fairgrounds entrance on High Street, the Fairgrounds Fairgate Parking Lot off Fairgate Road and City Hall. Kirby said the city is not paying for the shuttle at all, and hasn’t incurred any extra costs for Amgen. “The city is expending no funds on Amgen besides funds spent on security, which we would do for any event,” Kirby said. Capt. John Ruffcorn, of the Auburn Police Department, said the Bike Auburn local organizing committee is encouraging race spectators to park in specific places. “We are asking all people coming to watch the race to park at the Gold Country Fairgrounds,” Ruffcorn said. “It’s just going to be much easier for everyone to park there.” The cost to park at the fairgrounds is $5, Ruffcorn said. Many parking lots throughout the city will be closed on race day for VIP, Amgen representatives and media parking, Ruffcorn said. Kahl Muscott, district administrator for the Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District, said the lots at Recreation Park and Railhead Park will also be available for free parking the day of the race. Megan Siren, transit manager with the city of Auburn, said the shuttle would be a great way for people to get into the heart of the city. “It will help the people that maybe just want to get in the Downtown area from the South Auburn area,” Siren said. “The normal Auburn transit schedule is modified (that day) due to road closures, especially during that 10 a.m. hour. It will be a safe method to help the people who don’t know where they are going to get to a central location. So, maybe that first-time visitor who parks and doesn’t know where the route is will have a better understanding of where to go and watch it.” Siren said the altered city transit schedule for race day is available at the city’s website at Reach Bridget Jones at ------------------------------------------------------ Amgen shuttle schedule Times: 8-9:45 a.m., last pick-up at Fairgate Parking Lot off Fairgate Road 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., last pick-up at City Hall Route: Fairgrounds Entrance, 1273 High St., across from entrance Fairgrounds Fairgate Parking Lot, off Fairgate Road Front of City Hall ------------------------------------------------------- Road closures and detours for race day East Placer Street from Pine Street to High Street: closed from 5 p.m. May 16 to 5:30 a.m. May 17 Lincoln Way from Avantgarden to Lewis Street: 5 p.m. May 16 to 5 p.m. May 17 Lincoln Way from Pine Street to Lewis Street to Jacobs Lane to Linden Avenue: 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 East Placer Street from Almond Street to High Street and from High Street to Elm Avenue: 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 Kenmass Avenue from High Street to Crutcher Court: 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 Lincoln Way to Washington Street to Sacramento Street: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 Walsh Street from Pine Street to High Street: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 Race route: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 17 Garfield Street/Walsh Street from Grass Valley Highway, right down Pine Street to Lincoln Way: detour from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17