Police expecting big crowds for Friday the 13th in Port Dover

As is tradition, hundreds of bikers are expected to ride into Port Dover this Friday the 13th, and police are warning people to pay attention to the high numbers of motorcyclists on the road.
Danny Fournier of Montreal poses with his skull covered motorcycle in Port Dover, Ont., Friday, July 13, 2012. Under sunny skies, a Friday the 13th tradition is rolling along in the small town of Port Dover, Ont. Police estimate that by mid-morning, about 120,000 people, many on motorcycles, had descended on the town on the shores of Lake Erie, to take part in the last BikeFest of the year. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

As is tradition, hundreds of bikers are expected to ride into Port Dover this Friday the 13th, and police are warning people to pay attention to the high numbers of motorcyclists on the road.

Officers with Norfolk County OPP are reminding people to take extra time to look for motorcyclists when they travel this Friday.

"Those extra two seconds can make a difference between life or death," said Const. Edward Sanchuk. "Motorcyclists don't have that much protection when they're riding their bikes."

There will also be increased police presence on the roadways, he said.

"There's enough officers on hand to deal with any situation that may arise," Sanchuk said.

He added that people should make sure their safety is a priority, and put their devices away. In the previous years, police have received reports of people on motorcycles texting and taking photos.

This Friday marks the 63rd biker gathering in Port Dover since 1981. The event sees many motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts travel from across Ontario and south of the border to visit Port Dover.

Police say traffic will be redirected on certain streets ensure orderly flow of traffic. 

St. George Street and St. Andrew Street will become one-way streets, for southbound and northbound traffic, respectively. Main Street will be closed to through traffic. Nelson Street, later Radical Road, to Blueline Road will only be open for westbound traffic. 

Sections of Nelson Street, St. Patric Street, Clinton Street and Union Street will be closed.

Police say they're preparing for around 80,000 people to converge in Port Dover, a town with just over 6,000 residents.

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