Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Wachovia Race crowds Worry West Chester Officials: "WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) Times Leader - Somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 people are expected for a professional bicycle race planned for June, leaving officials trying to figure out how to handle the crowds.

'It's a pretty large-scale event in our downtown area,' Police Chief Scott Bohn said. 'That is a significant number of people in the downtown.'

Tim Phelps, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, said he will be able to provide about 200 volunteers for the event.

The highlight of the event is a 45-mile men's professional race on June 11. That and other races are to be held on a 0.9-mile track circling around several downtown streets."