MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Transport Agency – Release/Statement
Headline: Charity bike ride coming Thursday to weekend Central South Island, cycle race Rakaia Gorge Saturday
“Please be patient and take extra care around cyclists riding in these two events in the South Canterbury area this week,” says Pete Connors, Transport Agency Network System Manager.
Central South Island Charity Bike Ride
Thursday, 22 February to Saturday 24 February is the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride: Cyclists will be riding from Timaru to Omarama, down to Kurow, through Waimate onto SH1 and back up to Timaru over three days starting Thursday.
Up to 130 cyclists will be riding this route in bunches of 15 to 30 cyclists, accompanied by pilot vehicles with signs and flashing lights. Cyclists will be on the road from 7am each morning and will be finished by 6pm.
Ride the Rakaia Cycle Race
Saturday 24 February, is the Ride the Rakaia Cycle Race: SH1 at Rakaia will be closed for 15 minutes for the start of the race as cyclists cross the Rakaia River Bridge.
Cyclists will then make their way up to the Rakaia Gorge via local roads on the north side of the Rakaia River, cross at the gorge bridges on SH77 and travel back down to Rakaia on the southern side of the Rakaia River.
“The forecast wet weather this week is expected to clear by Thursday, but we still need people to take extra care when passing groups of cyclists and follow the directions of event marshals and traffic management staff along the route,” says Mr Connors. “We want these events to be a great success and all road users to get home safe.”
You can plan ahead by using NZTA’s Journey Planner http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/home which gives you travel time information, access to traffic cameras, and updates on delays, roadworks and road closures.