Community ride to mark completion of McIvor Highway underpass project
A Bike Bendigo community bike ride commencing at 10am on Mother’s Day Sunday May 13 will mark the completion of the City of Greater Bendigo’s Back Creek McIvor Highway underpass project.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said cyclists and pedestrians can now safely cross the McIvor Highway via a new underpass which takes them under the Abbott Street road bridge, railway line and McIvor Highway bridge.
“This project is the missing link for the Back Creek bike path which starts at the Spring Gully Recreation Reserve/Bendigo Mountain Bike Trail Head and continues onto Bendigo Creek Linear Trail at the rear of the Bendigo Tennis Centre near Nolan Street,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“It has solved a major impediment for cyclists and pedestrians who had to negotiate a major road and railway line barriers to link Spring Gully to the Bendigo Creek Trail.
“However it wasn’t a simple project because it has required significant consultations with a range of authorities including VicTrack and V-Line to ensure the condition and protection of the historic brick piers that support the rail line.
“It also required significant drainage works in the creek to provide clearance under major telecommunications and other services.
“There will be many in the local cycling community who are very excited that this project is now complete and available to use.”
This project has been funded by the City of Greater Bendigo and the Transport Accident Commission to not only provide a safer link to the Bendigo Creek Trail but also provide another off road connection into the Bendigo central business district.
The Bike Bendigo Community Bike Rides are a smooth ride away from traffic along Bendigo's creek trails, for riders of all abilities and at their own pace.
Anyone wanting to join in the Mother’s Day Bike Bendigo Community Bike Ride should meet at 10am at Lake Weeroona, Nolan Street (near the tram stop). The ride will follow the Spring Gully Trail and will include a Mother’s Day picnic at Wolstencroft Park. For more information see facebook.com/bikebendigo
The ride will also check out the new murals which have been created as part of Project Underpass - a collaboration between Bike Bendigo, Nacho Station and the Regional Centre for Culture.