Bikes will hit the streets for an early morning ride throughout Hobsons Bay on October 7, with over 10,000 bike riders putting their pedal power to the test as they compete in the annual cycling challenge Around The Bay 2018.
Now in its 26th year, Around The Bay is a circumnavigation of Port Phillip Bay, commencing and finishing in Albert Park, with Commonwealth Reserve in Williamstown acting as a rest stop for the 50km ride.
There are multiple distance options including the 210, 250, and 300km that pass through Hobsons Bay, which will see cyclists ride past icons of Melbourne, to where tall ships are made and the city begins to fade, over bridges to the west they’ll find views that are best.
A number of lane and road restrictions will be in place from 4am until 7pm on Sunday, to ensure the safety of both riders and drivers. Victoria Police said drivers must remember to obey the road rules and follow the instructions of traffic controllers along the course.
“Be aware of oncoming traffic if you’re overtaking a rider or group of riders and always allow a safe clearance. Bike riders usually ride between 15-35km/h, so be patient and only overtake when it’s safe to do so,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
Some routes travel over the West Gate Bridge, which will see the two left lanes closed and speed set at 40km/h. Other roads impacted include the Princes Freeway between Geelong and Melbourne, Kororoit Creek Road through Altona and The Strand in Williamstown.
Around The Bay is a Bicycle Network event that provides a healthy activity and something social to do with the family in the final weekend of school holidays, whilst also raising money for The Smith Family charity.
For more information or to register for Melbourne’s biggest one-day bike ride that takes in some of the city’s most iconic sites, visit the Bicycle Network website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.