Re: TAC advertisement in the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, p.7.
I live on the toe of the Strzelecki Ranges in South Gippsland on the winding 1.5 lane wide Bena-Kongwak Road which is used by cars, tractors, tractors towing machinery, school buses, milk tankers and bike riders.
Being hilly country, there are often deep drainage channels on the inside of curves with steep inner embankments and drop-offs down deep valleys on the outer side of curves along the road.
The TAC advertisement in the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times last week instructs vehicles give bike riders a 1-1.5 metre berth when passing. As the bike riders often happily ride two abreast, and one cannot see them coming due to the embankments, it is impossible to give them a 1.5 metre berth on our 80-100km/h road without the vehicles running off the road into drains and embankments or off precipices.
I am hoping the South Gippsland Shire might erect signs at the Bena and Kongwak ends of this road instructing bike riders to ride in single file on this road, and perhaps erect similar signs on other similar roads through the shire.
Libby Lambert, Bena.