I’m not usually one for ranting, but after a recent attempted vehicular collision on the road, I’ve got a bone to pick about the Barry Drive bus lane.
At the moment, roadworks have removed the turning lane from use at the Barry Dr/Clunies Ross St. A sign about 250m from the intersection advises motorists that they can enter the bus lane, presumably to relieve congestion associated with (temporarily) reducing the number of lanes.
However, some motorists have taken to entering the bus lane significantly earlier – as far away as 1.8km – and often from a gridlock stop. Not only does this break the law (bus lane remains a bus lane until another sign ends it), but it puts at risk lawful users of the bus lane – such as the blue Merc SUV that attempted to cozily share the lane with my motorbike the other morning saved only by my excellent brakes. It is very fortunate, because I may have scratched the passenger door. Or died. I’m told that cars racing down the bus lane are also a massive risk for people turning toward Dryandra St.
This seems like a good place for police to undertake some decent policing that actually keeps the road a little safer. Discuss.