RRV Regional Director (Northern) Brian Westley said bike riders heading into Bendigo and visiting shops and cafés in Strathdale now have a safer journey thanks to a road sealing and line marking project.

Crews have transformed one kilometre of an old traffic climbing lane into an extended bike lane on Strathfieldsaye Road between Erniold Road and Guys Hill Road where there was no bike lane or shoulder.

“We found bike riders didn’t have a safe bike lane or nearby off road path to use after the community asked for improvements as part of walking and cycling surveys last year,” Mr Westley said.

“The climbing lane was originally created when the speed limit was 100km/h and cars had trouble accelerating up this hill, which isn’t a problem now thanks to newer cars and an existing 80km/h speed limit.

“Extending this bike lane efficiently improves safety for bike riders and drivers while we continue to investigate future improvements on Strathfieldsaye Road between Reservoir Road and Longlea Lane,” Mr Westley said.

Inbound drivers will continue to be able to overtake where Strathfieldsaye Road widens to four lanes at Reservoir Road in Strathdale.

“We’re asking everyone to share the road, ride and drive safely and pay extra attention to the new layout,” Mr Westley said.

Bike Bendigo President Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells said the extended bike lane is a welcome improvement for the local community.

“Filling this missing link makes Strathfieldsaye Road much more usable for people wanting to ride between Strathfieldsaye and Bendigo.

“We know that gaps in a bike lane – particularly on an uphill stretch – are a barrier. This change will make it easier and safer to ride,” Ms Dunnicliff-Wells said.

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