An article in The Courier has me perplexed. Apparently the road was reduced from 2 lanes each way to one plus a cycle lane, then abandoned after a few months due to community opposition.
A bike lane was installed on the road in 2011, reducing it from four car lanes to two, but it was scrapped by the state government only months later, due to community opposition.
Mr Ellis said the road was in a good condition and the focus for cyclists and the state government should instead be around enforcing a one-metre rule between riders and cars.
"It was installed, and then it was de-installed because a lot of people including cyclists complained about it," Mr Ellis, who has cycled on Macedon roads for a decade, said.
"It benefited a few people but it's not the ideal situation. I think the 'metre matters' rule is really what we need to encourage because all cyclists benefit from that."
Mr Ellis being Macedon Ranges Cycling Club president Brett Ellis.
I'm not familiar with the cycle lane business.....I used that road a lot in the 80's and 90's; not for the last 10 years at least. Maybe someone familiar with it can shed light here? Surely it was safer with a cycle lane? No parked cars to worry about for one.
Either way, a tragedy.