A Deans Marsh man has renewed pleas for a ban on bike riding on the Deans Marsh-Lorne road.
Mark Fagan contacted the Colac Herald in 2011 with concerns about the safety of both cyclists and motorists on the road, and said the situation had escalated over the past six years.
“It’s gotten way worse,” he said.
“The encouragement to go through Deans Marsh to the Great Ocean Road as an alternative is seeing more tourist buses from Melbourne coming through, and the road’s just not wide enough.
“All this traffic is being encouraged to come down here, but they haven’t done anything about the road and they’re about to spend $50 million on the GOR, so the suggestion is why not spill some of that over to what they’re calling the alternative route.”
Mr Fagan said road closures during major cycling events failed to fix the issue because the teams still trained on the road before events.
“That’s the main issue; if they talk up closing the road and how these events are about education and safety, but what they don’t seem to realise is prior to the event, we have all these teams training in groups of up to 10 riders plus these support vehicles behind them,” he said.
“So going to Lorne you’ve got these bike riders going 20 kilometres max, and their support cars doing the same with double lines all the way making it illegal to overtake them.
“If I was to drive 20 kilometres an hour downhill so they were stuck behind me, if I wave them on they won’t pass me because they know it’s too dangerous.”
Mr Fagan said fellow campaigner and Deans Marsh bus driver Alex Lorenzi had close calls on his daily bus trip between Lorne and Deans Marsh, collecting footage of near misses with a dashboard camera.
“Our school bus driver has dash-cam footage of him driving a bus load of schoolkids coming up from Lorne, coming around a blind corner with semi-trailer overtaking a push bike,” he said.
“His only option was to smash on the breaks or have a head-on with the semi-trailer with a bus load of kids.
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