City of Washington preps for Cycle NC event


An estimated 2,500 people will be traveling to Washington next week for Cycle NC. 

While the bicycling event is an economic driver for the county, emergency management must prepare for the influx of people. 

Areas of concern include bikers losing cell phone service in rural areas. 

First responders will be patrolling those areas to assist and monitor security throughout the weekend. 

Several agencies are working together to make sure the event goes off without a hitch. 

“If something catastrophic was to occur, it would overwhelm the resources of just one particular department, and it has been a coordinated effort between the county, surrounding departments, our departments,” said Robbie Rose, chief deputy for Washington Fire and Rescue.

Eight hundred people will be camping out along the waterfront alone.

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