Bike ride nears
Road users in the north east and Murray regions are being asked to take care on the roads as thousands of bike riders tackle the Great Victorian Bike Ride.
More than 3000 riders will be enjoying the experience of riding 541 km from Bright to Benalla via Rutherglen over nine days.
Bicycle Network, along with Victoria Police, VicRoads and local councils are asking road users to be aware of the increase in bike traffic, changed traffic conditions and extended travel times.
They advise people to seek an alternate route where possible.
At times there will be speed reductions, the presence of traffic controllers and Victoria Police.
All traffic treatments, including three road closures on Sunday, November 25, Monday, November 26, and Saturday, December 1, have taken into consideration the safety of all road users.
Riders will be on the road after leaving campsites in designated towns along the route, between 6.30 am and 8.30 am each day, and most will arrive between noon and 5 pm that same day at their next campsite.
Bicycle Network general manager events Rebecca Lane said road users would notice the extra bike riders in their local areas and asked them to be mindful when using the roads.
‘‘Bicycle Network is working with local authorities including councils and Victoria Police to implement a number of changes to traffic conditions to minimise the risks for all road users,’’ Ms Lane said.
‘‘With more than 3000 bike riders, including over 1200 school students taking part in the event, we do ask other road users to plan ahead and allow extra time if they need to travel on the route.
‘‘We’d like to thank locals and visitors for their cooperation and patience during the event.
‘‘The bike riders range from toddlers being towed in trailers to people 80 years of age.
‘‘Some will be very experienced bike riders, while others will be saddling up for their first Great Vic.
‘‘They will stretch along the road for up to 50 km each day.’’
With the race concluding in Benalla on December 2 locals are also asked to be particularly mindful of traffic restrictions in and around town that day.
That day the ride will be following roads: Glenrowan — Moyhu Rd; Wangaratta — Kilfeera Rd; Kilfeera Rd; Coster St; Lowry Place; Fawkner Dve; and Bridge St West. using the