OVER two dozen Coastal Cruiser cyclists have shown their concerns for a “dangerously deformed” road shoulder that caused cyclist Ken Barnes’ bone breaking accident.
Following Ken’s fall on Bunurong Road in July, cyclists have called on either VicRoads or Bass Coast Shire to fix the road ahead of this year’s Bass Coast Cycle Challenge. With less than a month before the event, it is a big ask, but one that Ken and many cyclists believe is needed. Ken is calling for immediate action on the piece of road that is over 75mm out of line, ahead of the November 9 event.
“If the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge with up to 800 riders encounters this unsafe road/bike lane there will be carnage,” Ken said.
“The government is spending billions for road projects in Melbourne which is little or no benefit to us in Bass Coast, surely we can have the roads we do have kept in good repair,” he said.
The road in question is approximately 3km from the 100km/h sign leaving Wonthaggi
towards Cape Paterson.
For Ken, being forced to give up cycling is taking major parts of both his leisure and working life.
“My cycling activities spanning 35 years of racing and touring are potentially over and I have been forced in to retiring from managing my bike shop all due to the condition of this road managed by VicRoads,” Ken said.
“I have legal advice that despite having broken seven bones and sustained a brain bleed, my pain and suffering will not be considered.
“I was looking forward to going into old age maintaining fitness and balance thanks to cycling,” Ken said.
Fellow Coastal Cruiser and road activist Rod McGregor noted six dangerous sections of roads that are regular cycling routes.
“I rode Wonthaggi to Cape Paterson yesterday,” he said last week.
“There would be more than a dozen pavement failures that can cause a cyclist or peloton to crash.”
The South Gippsland Shire is currently surveying road users from South Gippsland including Bass Coast on how they find cycling in the area.
Road safety officer John Ernst says the information gathered will go towards upcoming planning to improve cycling.
“This is the first survey of this type, we have received a good amount of feedback so far and will action these responses according to the amount of support they received.”
Although South Gippsland Shire won’t act upon roads that are in Bass Coast, John says the information will be passed on to Bass Coast Shire.
To view posted feedback visit southgippslandsafecycling.crowdspot.com.au
Responses close on November 5.