Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to take advantage of a new booklet — Greater Shepparton Cycling Guide — released this week in print and online.
The Greater Shepparton City Council publication includes information on the Yanha Gurtji shared path network, cycling safety, parks and reserves, mountain bike trails, rail trails, cycling events and contact details for cycling clubs.
For those looking to tackle longer distances, there are also detailed maps of 20 cycling routes ranging from 20km to 80km.
Keen cyclist Iain Jaap said Greater Shepparton’s bike tracks were wonderful and he often saw young children with their families riding along the many bike paths.
‘‘I was sceptical about how many would use them when they were first built but they have become great assets for the town and are a perfect starting point for new cyclists and young children,’’ he said.
Mr Jaap said he cycled three to four times a week and often took the bike paths to Mooroopna, but one of his favourite routes from the guide is the Murchison Rail Trail.
Mr Jaap said it would be great if the paths could be extended to the Botanic Gardens in the future, giving fitness fanatics more of a challenge through the elevation and getting more people into the beautiful area.
The latest cycling guide includes additional tracks to the previous council edition, such as the Jodie Ridges Bike Trail.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said there were a number of fantastic cycling routes throughout the municipality.
‘‘Cycle tourism is a growing visitor economy sector and we hope this innovative guide will increase visitation to help keep local businesses busy and the economy strong,’’ Cr O’Keeffe said.
‘‘Cycling is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and stay fit and it continues to grow in popularity.’’
For a free copy of the Greater Shepparton Cycling Guide phone Greater Shepparton Visitor Information Centre on 1800808839 or email [email protected] or pick one up from bicycle shops in Shepparton.
The guide is also available electronically at www.visitshepparton.com.au