Boston bombing leads to tighter security at Amgen Tour Race

New rules include bag restrictions

C.J. Ward, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor, cj.ward@keyt.com
POSTED: 12:00 AM PDT Apr 26, 2013    UPDATED: 09:45 AM PDT Apr 26, 2013 
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

New safety rules are in place for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department held a meeting to discuss the changes after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Local law enforcement agencies have agreed to enforce parking restrictions starting May 12 at 7 a.m. The restrictions include all areas along the race route in Arroyo Grande and Avila Beach. Any cars that violate the new rules will be towed.

Officials will also require spectators to attach a tag with contact information to any bag or backpack and keep personal belongings with them at all times.

Here's the entire press release issued by the SLO County Sheriff's Department:

On 4-24-13, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office hosted a meeting of law
enforcement agencies and other stakeholders that are affected by the upcoming Amgen
Tour of California Bicycle Race. Those present at the meeting were representatives
from the Sheriff's Office, CHP, Arroyo Grande Police Department, San Luis Obispo
Police Department, Pismo Beach Police Department, Port San Luis Harbor District,
State Parks Department, FBI, PG&E, Cal Fire, and Five Cities Fire Authority. A
unified chain of command was established and a comprehensive security plan was
developed that would provide for the safety of the riders as well as members of the
public who want to view the event. As part of the plan, the agencies agreed to
implement parking restrictions starting at 7 AM the day of the race for those areas
along the bicycle route in Arroyo Grande and Avila Beach. Any vehicles parked along
the route after 7 AM the day of the race will be towed away at the owner's expense.
Signs will be posted warning drivers of these restrictions. Part of the plan also
calls for any bag or backpack that is left unattended in those affected areas to be
removed by law enforcement officers. Spectators are encouraged to attach a tag with
contact information to any bag or backpack for easy identification and to keep all
personal belongings with them at all times. These actions are designed to bring the
race to a successful and safe conclusion.