2019 West Reading Criterium (Bike Race)

Good Evening,

On Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, The West Reading Criterium Bicycle Race will again take place in the Borough.

The race is approximately 58 - 60 laps around Penn and Reading Avenues, and will require the closure of both roads.  The first race day event is scheduled to start at 12:00 PM, with racing continuing throughout the day, the event will conclude Saturday evening. 

Listed below is important information related to the race:

Saturday August 3rd, 2019:

08:00 AM – The course will begin to close for the race. Closures will take place at timed intervals; with the entire course to be closed by approximately 12:30 PM.  This will include Penn Ave from 4th – 8th Ave and Reading Ave from the Traffic Circle through 8th Ave.  The cross streets, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Avenues will be closed to vehicle traffic from Court or Cherry Street to Penn Ave.

During the closure of Penn and Reading Avenues a detour will be set up to accommodate traffic. Traffic traveling to the South side of the Borough will be diverted at 4th and Penn to South 4th Ave.  Franklin Street to Park Road will be the primary detour for west bound travel. Vehicles traveling north bound will be able to turn onto N 4th Ave, and will be able to access roadways on the North side of the Borough via Buttonwood Street and Tulpehocken Ave. The traffic circle will be open from Reading Ave to Tulpehocken Ave. Access to Park Road in Wyomissing will be from Walnut Street through the VF lots.

1:00 PM – Course will be totally shut down for race set up and street cleaning. Full detour will be in effect, with multiple intersections manned by Police, Fire Police, and/or contracted traffic control.

1:30 PM – Event Qualifications begin

2:30 PM – Scheduled Events Begin

6:30 PM – Last race (Men’s Pro) will start

8:00 – 10:30 PM – Racing ends – Course tear down and reopening of all closed roads.


The following areas will be restricted to NO PARKING after 07:00 AM on the day of the event:

Penn Ave – From 4th through 8th Ave – Both sides

Reading Ave - From the Traffic Circle to 8th Ave

00 Block Tulpehocken Ave

200 Tulpehocken Ave (West Side)

Franklin Street – From 4th to 8th Avenue – North Side of Street

N 4th Ave – From Penn to Reading Ave – Both sides

S 4th Ave – From Penn to Cherry –Both sides

400 Block Reading Ave – North Side

Olive Street – From Reading Ave to buttonwood St – Both sides

5th, 6th, 7th North and South – No Parking from Court or Cherry to Penn Ave

There will also be certain spaces on these blocks, near the intersections that may be signed No Parking to facilitate the movement and turning of detoured traffic.

Additional Traffic restriction:

The 100 Block of Tulpehocken will be posted NO PARKING (Westside) from 0700 – 1200, and then will be made ONE WAY NORTH. No vehicle traffic will be permitted southbound to the traffic circle.


If you live along these routes and have off street parking we encourage you to make use of it.  If you do not have off street parking, please see below:

North Side Residents – (Penn Ave - NORTH)

Use event parking locations inside the Knitting Mills Business Park (Formally the VF complex) – accessible from 7th and 8th and Reading Ave.

South Side Residents – (Penn Ave – SOUTH)

Franklin Street 5th Ave to 8th Ave:

The Reading Hospital has made parking available at the 7th Ave and Spruce Street garage (across from the Doctors Office Building)

Use of these alternate parking locations is being made available from 8:00 AM 8/3/2018 through 10:00 AM 8/4/2019. Any resident who makes use of these facilities must remove their vehicles from either location by 10:00 AM 8/4/2019, or be subject to possible citation and removal of vehicle.

No Parking signs will be posted by the day before the race. PLEASE check the street outside your residence, or where you park your vehicle, for No Parking signs if you live, or are visiting along the above listed routes.  The WRPD will make every effort to contact the owner of any vehicle found to be on the course or detour route, or in any space designated No Parking prior to citing and removing the vehicle, but citation and removal will occur if the vehicle owner cannot be located.

If you will be out of town over August 3rd, 2019, please make sure your vehicle is not parked on any of the restricted areas listed above, or have someone available to move your vehicle for you on the day of the race by 07:00 AM.

Course and detour maps will be posted the week of 8/3/2018. A CODE RED phone message is scheduled to go out on Wednesday night as a reminder to those along the course and detour routes.

For more information please go to: https://readingradsport.com/, see the parking attachments on this page and/or call (610) 373 0111.

Thank you.