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Streets, air space closed for Friday the 13th motorcycle rally

Friday the 13th motorcycle rally in Port Dover. Simcoe Reformer file photo

Friday the 13th motorcycle rally in Port Dover. Simcoe Reformer file photo

PORT DOVER - 

Roads in Port Dover will be closed on a smaller scale than usual for this week’s Friday the 13th motorcycle rally.

During a busy rally, police will close off Main Street and the entire downtown to cars, trucks and the like.

There will be road closures in Port Dover for Friday’s rally. However, the rally is not expected to be as well-attended as a busy rally in the summer or fall.

To that end, the closure on Main Street this week will extend only from Nelson Street in the north to Walker Street in the south. Market Street East, Market Street West, Park Street and Chapman Street West will also be closed to cars, trucks and other four-wheeled vehicles.

“The OPP ask the public to be patient due to the possibility of increased motorcycle traffic,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release.

“The motoring public is asked to be extra vigilant and to take a little more time when making manoeuvres such as signalling turns and checking blind spots.”

Police also want the public to know that the air space over Port Dover will be off-limits to all unauthorized aircraft on Friday.

Security during the rallies is deemed a police operation. As such, all civilian aircraft are asked to avoid an area two miles in radius from the centre of Port Dover to a height of 1,700 feet.

“This will reduce conflicts with other unmanned aerial (drones) or low-flying aircraft,” Sanchuk says.

“No person should be operating any (drones) or aircraft within the area unless authorized by Transport Canada. This will ensure that no conflicts take place with other individuals attempting to use (drones) or aircraft that may put the public at risk or interfere with police operations.”

Sanchuk added that police will be out in force Friday assisting with traffic-related issues and ensuring that the public enjoys a safe event.

The OPP ask anyone intending to consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances at Friday’s rally to make prior arrangements for transportation and lodgings as the need arises.