Drive care­fully around chal­lenge cy­clists please

Mansfield Courier - - TOUR DE FLAVOUR - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

HUN­DREDS of cy­clists are ex­pected to hit the high coun­try roads on the weekend of March 21 to 23 for the an­nual Scody High Coun­try Cy­cle Chal­lenge (SHCCC) as part of the Tour de Flavour weekend.

Mans­field po­lice will be out in force for this whole weekend keep­ing an eye on traf­fic, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Ash Ma­son said as an ex­pected 600 cy­clists are due to hit the roads, driv­ers should take ex­tra care when out and about in the district.

“The main events will be bike rides to Jamieson and Mt Buller with a cri­terium on the Satur­day af­ter­noon, and the Mt Buller Road Race on the Sun­day morn­ing,” Sen Sgt Ma­son said.

“Al­though we will have of­fi­cers out on pa­trol we can­not be every­where and ex­pect mo­torists to be ex­tra care­ful and pa­tient while cy­clists are on the road.”

Sen Sgt Ma­son has also asked res­i­dents not to be stupid by putting tacks on the road as has oc­curred on pre­vi­ous events.

“This kind of ac­tion can bring crim­i­nal charges against those found to be putting tacks out,” he said.

“Charges could in­clude reck­less con­duct likely to en­dan­ger lives.”

Sen Sgt Ma­son said all re­ports of tacks on roads will be fully in­ves­ti­gated.

Traf­fic con­di­tions will change for mo­torists for part of the weekend in­clud­ing road clo­sures for the Satur­day af­ter­noon cri­terium, and the south side of High Street and Highett Street (east side) dur­ing the start only of chal­lenge rides on the Satur­day and Sun­day, and the com­mence­ment of the Mt Buller Bike Race on Sun­day morn­ing.

The High and Highett Street clo­sure for the Sun­day morn­ing road race is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 9am.

Mt Buller Road be­tween Mir­im­bah and the Mt Buller Vil­lage will be closed to traf­fic be­tween 8am and noon on the Sun­day.

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