Corowa to get glimpse of bike ride

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

There’s not long to go un­til Ruther­glen is in­tro­duced to thou­sands of cy­clists tak­ing part in the 2018 Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride.

It will be the first time since 2001 the ride will pass through Ruther­glen and sec­ond time since they started from the town in 1989.

While it pro­vides a great eco­nom­i­cal boost for Ruther­glen, with an es­ti­mated $100,000 to be pumped into the econ­omy, Corowa lo­cals must also pre­pare.

As a re­sult, the Mur­ray Val­ley High­way will be one of the ma­jor roads im­pacted. Some trav­el­ling dur­ing the bike ride will take place on the fol­low­ing roads as riders head from Tal­lan­gatta to Ruther­glen:

• • • • • • •

Mur­ray Val­ley High­way Bar­nawartha Road Chiltern-How­long Road Goor­madda Road Camp­bell Road Cul­bert­son Street

High Street

Tem­po­rary changed traf­fic con­di­tions will be in place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 be­tween 6.30am and 2pm as the riders pass through the Corowa-Mul­wala re­gion. Prior to that, how­ever, and as riders pass through,

a 60km speed re­duc­tion along Spring Drive be­tween Corowa and Mul­wala will oc­cur on event day.

The route for the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride from Ruther­glen to Yar­ra­wonga in­cludes:

• High Street

• Gray Street

• Mur­ray Street

• Fed­er­a­tion Av­enue • Drum­mond Street

• Spring Drive

• Scott Street

• Corowa Road • Ruther­glen-Wah­gun­yah Road • Mel­bourne Street

• Fed­er­a­tion Way

• Gu­lai Street

• Dis­tillery Road

• Weir Road • • • • • • • • Den­ni­son Street Burn­ley Road

Fo­ord Street

Mur­ray Val­ley High­way Bridge Road

Gil­more Street Par­lia­ment Street Dun­lop Street

Res­i­dents will still have ac­cess to their prop­er­ties, how­ever, it’s rec­om­mended that res­i­dents al­low ex­tra time or seek al­ter­na­tive routes if pos­si­ble. If travel must oc­cur in ar­eas where there are a large num­ber of cy­clists on the road, Bi­cy­cle Net­work asks that you re­mem­ber to:

• Obey all road rules.

• Al­low for plenty of clear­ance when over­tak­ing cy­clists.

• Be aware of on­com­ing traf­fic when over­tak­ing cy­clists.

• Al­low am­ple travel time as an av­er­age cy­clist will ride be­tween 20-35 km/h.

In plan­ning the event, Bi­cy­cle Net­work works hard to con­sider and sup­port all road users, and any changed traf­fic con­di­tions are im­ple­mented in con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal coun­cils, Vic­to­ria Po­lice and VicRoads. All traf­fic treat­ments have taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the safety of all road users.

Re­becca Lane, Bi­cy­cle Net­work General Man­ager – Events, said road users would no­tice the ex­tra bike riders in their lo­cal ar­eas, in­clud­ing Corowa, 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 3,000 bike riders, in­clud­ing over 1,200 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 over 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 50kms each day,” she added.

This year, the bike ride kicks off from Bright on Novem­ber 24, be­fore the es­ti­mated 3,200 par­tic­i­pants head to Beech­worth (66km), Mi­lawa-Beech­worth (75km), Tal­lan­gatta (91km), Ruther­glen (101km), Yar­ra­wonga (55km), Glen­rowan (87km) and fi­nally trav­el­ling a fur­ther 49km and fin­ish­ing at Be­nalla.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing route maps, please visit greatvic.com.au or con­tact Bi­cy­cle Net­work on (03) 8376 8888.

More than 3,000 bike riders will pass through the lo­cal area next week as part of the 2018 Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride.

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