Transport Alert: Around the Bay

03 October 2019

This Sunday 6 October,  more than 8,000 riders will take part in Around the Bay, an annual bicycle ride around Port Phillip Bay.

Closures and restrictions will be in place along sections of the course to ensure the safety of riders and drivers.

There are nine course routes - from the family-friendly 20km cycle through Albert Park and Elwood, to a gruelling 300km tour around the bay. 

Those riding in the 50km, 210km, 250km and 300km routes will take in views of the city and the bay as they travel over the iconic West Gate Bridge. Two lanes will close in both directions on the bridge with speed set at 40km/h, between 5am and 11pm.

Partial and full closures will be in place at various times along:

  • Beach Road, from Elwood to Port Melbourne
  • Kerferd Road, Middle Park
  • Albert Road, South Melbourne
  • Lakeside Drive, Albert Park
  • Esplanade, Mount Martha
  • Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana
  • West Gate Bridge, Spotswood
  • Esplanade, Sorrento
  • and roads around Albert Park.

Other major roads impacted include the Princes Freeway between Geelong and Melbourne, The Esplanade and Central Avenue through Altona, Portarlington Road and The Esplanade on the Bellarine Peninsula, and Beach Road and the Nepean Highway from Port Melbourne to Sorrento.

Riders and supporters heading to the event village at Albert Park are encouraged to take public transport, as parking will be limited. Several tram services operate in the area and nearby train stations include Windsor, Prahran, South Yarra, Flinders Street and Southern Cross.

We remind drivers to obey the road rules and follow the instructions of traffic controllers along the course. Extreme care must be taken when overtaking a rider or group of riders. Bike riders usually ride between 15-35km/h, so we ask motorists to be patient and to overtake only when it’s safe to do so.

For the latest traffic information around the state visit or download the VicTraffic app via your app store. 

If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70 open 24/7. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.

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