LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
As a cyclist I have found that the cycling lanes around Ballarat are poorly set out.
The bike lanes are placed behind angle parked cars making it hard for the drivers to see the cyclists approaching causing them to narrowly miss cyclists as they reverse.
Or the cyclist has to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid being hit.
This is a big problem on Webster street.
I avoid Mair Street altogether as the traffic is even worse there.
Could we not have bike lanes in front of the parked cars?
I'm sure if there was a safer way to get around Ballarat on a bike more people would ride.
Niall Povey, Ballarat.
The VicRoads November 2017 $9.3 million bicycle plan was to provide extensive off-road shared paths to connect suburbs with the CBD in Ballarat.
One, for example, was a Howitt Street rail trail.
It was all planned, costed, drawn and presented to the public.
However, only the concrete path alongside Victoria Park and Sturt Street, has been built.
We are still waiting for the rest of the plan to be built, in February 2020.
David Chadderton, Wendouree.
It's so disappointing that the road around Ballarat's premier tourist attraction, Lake Wendouree, is so poorly maintained.
The newly re-surfaced section from Loreto to Pleasant St. PS is an embarrassment to the city.
Rather than remove the existing dilapidated surface and creating a new, smooth road, gravel and tar was poured over the existing surface and that was it.
Already gravel is lifting from the surface, holes are reappearing and the bend near the St Pat's boatshed is again rutted and dangerous to both drivers and bike riders.
Who from the city council signs off on this work?
Who says that such poor quality work is ok?
Residents should be outraged, and riders in this weekend's Fiona Elsey Cancer Ride should be very wary!
Shane Hayes, Ballarat