Gran Fondo given green light after changes made

​SHIRE of Mundaring has approved the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships traffic management plan to run through the area after organisers committed to major changes to the route.

Shire President David Lavell said the trial event in March was a disaster with the race effectively cutting the Shire in half. This resulted in thousands of people stuck in traffic jams or unable to leave their properties.

"The Shire would not approve any route that used Great Eastern Highway, Stoneville Road or Toodyay Road," he said.

"The Shire is pleased to note the route will now travel from Perth to Kalamunda, across Mundaring Weir Road and down Phillips Road to Glen Forrest, weaving through Darlington and Boya," he said.

Cr Lavell said Shire officers had worked closely with organisers to ensure better communication and traffic management would be in place for the final race on 4 September 2016.

"Access to areas affected by the race will be possible through designated detours and managed intersections," he said.

"Whilst there will some inconvenience in the morning when riders come through no residents will be 'locked in'.

"Gran Fondo is an international cycling event where over a thousand international, national and local riders travel an extensive course around Perth. Hosting an event of this nature is beneficial for both the state profile and economy."

Cr Lavell said he encouraged the whole community to come out and support the riders.

"Spectators will be able to best view the riders from Mundaring Community Sculpture Park in Mundaring and Morgan John Morgan Reserve in Glen Forrest where the Shire will be running some community events," he said.

"It is hoped local businesses will also benefit from increased patronage in the area."

CIC Events Management is the organiser of the event. For more information about the event call 9284 3522 or visit www.granfondoworldchampsperth.com.au


3/08/2016
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