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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sunday, Broadway is for bikers and toys

BY AMY RENEE LEIKER
The Wichita Eagle

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect day in the headline.

Wichita drivers won't be able to cross Broadway north of Kellogg for about two hours Sunday afternoon.

Around 40 police officers and five sheriff's deputies will block every intersection along Broadway — from downtown to 85th Street North — as more than 3,000 motorcyclists participate in Sunday's Wichita Toy Run, said Wichita police Capt. Rusty Leeds.

Intersections — including Douglas, Central, 13th, 21st and 37th — will shut down starting at 1 p.m.

Bikers will begin lining up for the parade at 10:30 a.m. at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The parade route stretches north to the Kansas Pavilions.

Emergency vehicles will be ushered through, but other drivers should detour around the parade route using Kellogg or I-235 until about 3 p.m., Leeds said.

"Ultimately the reason we close the route is for public safety — to keep motorcyclists safe," Leeds said.

Drivers on I-135 north of Wichita can go around the procession using Highway 254 or by exiting the interstate at 101st Street North, Park City police Lt. Henry Spurlock said.

Officers will also close intersections along Waterman from McClean to Broadway and the I-135 off-ramps at 85th Street North, authorities said Thursday.

"Under no circumstances do we want people trying to cut through," Sedgwick County Undersheriff Michael Stover said.

"If you get stuck, stop and watch the parade."

Donations from the Toy Run help the Salvation Army, Marine Corps Toys for Tots and the Kansas Food Bank. The event started in 1980 with 30 riders and has grown to more than 3,000 riders annually.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com.

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