Corowa to get glimpse of bike ride
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
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
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.