Audax Alpine Classic event organiser Phil Bellette next to one of the new cyclist safety signs.

Motorists reminded to share roads with cyclists

Signage that asks motorists to be considerate of cyclists on Alpine Shire roads has been installed this week as Council continues to lobby for improved cyclist safety.

Audax Alpine Cycling Classic event organiser Phil Bellette praised the installation by VicRoads with Bright’s week long cycling event, Semaine Federale, just around the corner.

“It is great to see improved safety signage for cyclists in the Alpine Shire,” Mr Bellette said.

“The Alpine region is Australia’s premier cycling destination and any improvements to cyclist’s safety will enhance the cycle friendly reputation of the region.

“The timing of the signs' installation is perfect as 6,000 visitors are about to descend on Bright for the week long cycling event, Semaine Federale which features the annual Audax Alpine Cycling Classic on Sunday, 23 January.”

Manager Strategic Services John Carter said that cyclists and Semaine Federale provided great benefits to the local economy.

“Cyclists move slower and spend more time exploring and enjoying the experiences on offer in Alpine Shire communities,” he said.

“The Audax Alpine Cycling Classic contributed around $2 million to the Alpine Shire last year.

"It is therefore imperative that the community accommodates cyclists.

"We are asking motorists to be extremely careful, especially over the coming months when there will be thousands of cyclists on our roads.

“The cycling season is traditionally busy during March and the Easter period, which will include the 3 Peaks Challenge on Sunday, 13 March.

"Due to our ideal cycling conditions road users should always expect and be prepared for cyclists on the road.

"Slow down, wait until it is safe before passing and even give them a wave as you pass them.

“Council is thankful for the support of VicRoads who installed this signage, and for the efforts of the Mount Beauty Cycling Club.

"Council will continue to lobby VicRoads and the state government for funding to boost cyclist safety in the Alpine Shire.

“This includes the sealing of shoulders on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Bright.”

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