Bike ride nears

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

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

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