Heavy traffic is expected in Palo Alto this weekend as the Amgen Tour of California cycling competition gets underway. Several roads will be closed and upwards of 50,000 spectators are expected to attend.
Palo Alto Police Sgt. Sandra Brown said it will be an "all hands on deck" day for the police department, with officers working 12-hour shifts. Virtually the entire department will be on duty, except for officers who had earlier, pre-arranged vacations, she said.
Billed as America's version of the Tour de France, the race includes 11 international and six American teams of professional racers.
The team members will be competing as individuals in a time trial, called the "prologue." The 2.1-mile course starts at Hamilton Avenue at Bryant Street in downtown Palo Alto and finishes at Museum Way and Palm Drive at Stanford University, after cyclists ride a lap around the Oval.
The prologue kickstarts the 650-mile, eight-day race that will stretch from Palo Alto-Stanford to Pasadena.
Here are the road closures commuters should be aware of:
Hamilton Avenue from Bryant to Ramona streets: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
Hamilton from High to Webster streets: Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Palm Drive from Campus Drive to the Oval: Saturday at 8 a.m. through Sunday at 10 p.m.
University Avenue from Webster to the Stanford border: Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Remainder of race route: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For those biking to the event, a valet bike parking lot will be located at Gilman Street.
For additional information, including a parking map, go to http://www.paloaltostanfordprologue.com or call the city's special-events hotline at 650-463-4921.
The free city shuttle will run Sunday between Charleston Road and Cogswell Plaza on Lytton Avenue in Downtown Palo Alto, according to Kathy Durham of the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission. The shuttle will follow the regular midday route, Durham said. For detailed route and shuttle stop locations, see the Crosstown Shuttle Route Map. Shuttles will depart from both Stevenson House on Charleston Road and the event shuttle stop at Cogswell Plaza on Lytton Avenue at Ramona Street every 30 minutes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., on the hour and half hour.
• Download the downtown event map (includes auto parking and bike parking locations)
• Download the Stanford event map (includes auto parking and bike parking locations)