Green Line Velo Road Race approved for June 12
By Robert Fucci
Sutton Board of Selectman Chair David Hall was happy to see the return of the Green Line Velo Road Race. Photo by Robert Fucci SUTTON – After five years of having no negative issues, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted at their Tuesday, April 19 meeting to allow the Green Line Velo Road Race to zip through town for a sixth year.
The race will be held Sunday, June 12, affecting certain roads between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“It’s been very well received by everybody in town,” Race Director Kyle Butler said. “We’re looking forward to having another great year.”
Green Line Velo is a bicycle racing team based in Boston that typically donates to local food pantries.
“I think it’s a great race,” Vice Chair John Hebert said. “Six years and no issues. I look forward to having it come every year.”
During race day, certain roads, particularly Mendon and Lackey roads, will be restricted one way, as advised by the Sutton Police Department.
“There’s no central line for those roads, and it’s tough to negotiate traffic,” Butler said. “We want to keep things safer. Residents will be notified by a mailing with information on the race.”
Selectman Paul Maynard reminded Butler the roads used are residential.
“People live on these roads,” he said. “They pay taxes. Treat them with respect.”
Selectman Jesse Limanek suggested giving residents as much notification as possible so they don’t wake up on race day surprised by the road changes.
“I’m thinking it might be good (to use our message boards),” he said. “Give people a little notification. Last year some people grumbled because they forgot it was coming. They woke up and their road was one way. Let’s get the message out the best we can.”
Selectman David Hall was glad the race was coming back to Sutton.
“You’ve come and respected the community,” he told Butler. “I think these kind of events that are well run are good for the community.”