TOSRV Bike Ride This Mother’s Day Weekend
Thousands expected for annual ride; motorists reminded to “Share the Road”
Chillicothe (Thursday, May 7, 2015) – Warm weather, holidays and weekends usually make for busy traveling, and the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend will likely be busier than most in southern Ohio as bicyclists join motorists on several local and state roadways.
On May 9 and 10, bicyclists will be making their way from Columbus to Portsmouth as part of the 54th annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) bike ride. Sponsored by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a volunteer-based organization that provides opportunities for outdoor recreation and activities, the TOSRV is one of the country’s largest bicycle touring weekends, with thousands of bicyclists touring along the Scioto River between Central Ohio and the Ohio River.
“Whether it is by bike, car or other means of transportation, we will see a spike in travel this weekend, and with thousands of people participating in the upcoming TOSRV, there will be a heightened need for safety and attention by both motorists and bicyclists,” said Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
While some bicyclists may choose to travel along different roadways, the organization’s planned route from Columbus to Portsmouth includes, in part, Dering, Parsons, Lockbourne, Rohr and Pontius roads in Franklin County; Walnut Creek Pike, various local streets in Circleville, U.S. 22 and S.R. 104 in Pickaway County; S.R. 104, various local routes in Chillicothe, Three Locks Road and Higby Road in Ross County; Higby Road, S.R. 335 and S.R. 104 in Pike County; and S.R. 104/73 in Scioto County, as well as Second Street in Portsmouth.
During the upcoming weekend bike tour and whenever traveling alongside bicyclists, motorists are reminded to share the road, drive responsibly and exercise additional caution. Motorists are also advised to pay heed in construction and maintenance zones, especially where traffic is being detoured to or shifted on affected routes.
For more information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other traffic-related events throughout the state, visit ODOT on the web site at www.Ohgo.com
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio