Central and southern Ohio roadways will be busy this Mother’s Day weekend, as bicyclists join motorists for the annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) bike ride.
On May 7 and 8, bicyclists will make their way from Columbus to Portsmouth and back as part of the 55th annual TOSRV 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.
Organizers of this year’s event anticipate more than 2,000 bicyclists will be touring the region, following along the Scioto River between central Ohio and the Ohio River. Although some bicyclists may choose to travel along different roadways, the organization has a planned route from Columbus to Portsmouth that will take riders over 210 miles of roadway through the heart of the valley.
In part, the route includes High Street in downtown Columbus and Dering, Parsons, Lockbourne, Rohr and Pontius roads in Franklin County; Walnut Creek Pike, various local streets in Circleville, U.S. 22, Mill Road, Canal Road and S.R. 104 in Pickaway County; S.R. 104, various local routes in Chillicothe, Charleston Pike, Schrader Road, U.S. 50, Old U.S. 35 and Higby Road in Ross County; Higby Road, S.R. 335, S.R. 552, S.R. 220, Boswell Run 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, there is a heightened need for safety, and motorists are reminded to share the road, drive responsibly and exercise additional caution,” said Vaughn Wilson, Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 Deputy Director.
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.