Thousands Take Part in Third Annual Tel Aviv Bike Race

The 'Sovev Tel Aviv' bicycle race, offering three routes that loop around the city, caused traffic disruptions Friday; roads gradually reopen.

Ilan Lior
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The third annual "Sovev Tel Aviv" ("Round Tel Aviv" ) bicycle race attracted thousands of riders on Friday.

The event, which features three different routes, the shortest of which is 7 1/2 kilometers and the longest 42 kilometers, caused severe traffic disruptions, with roads, including the Ayalon freeway, closed intermittently from 5:30 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Parking bans on a number of Tel Aviv streets were also imposed for the duration of the race and bus services were affected.

The race ended at 1 P.M. and roads were gradually reopened. According to Channel 10 news, 35 people were injured, of them, seven were taken to hospital. One man suffered a heart attack while biking.

Tel Aviv bike race, October 5, 2012Credit: Nir Keidar
Tel Aviv bike raceCredit: Nir Keidar

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