Geelong’s premier ‘separated’ bike lane on Swanston street has some safety shortcomings… One being the power pole that sits proudly in the middle of it.

Attention: Pole has been removed! thanks City of Greater Geelong

Geelong bike lane fail

Glad to see the timber pole is protected with iron supports  –  we can assume it’s to stop riders from damaging it when that run into it…

Why is this a hazard;

  • It stands out like a sore thumb during the day, but it could be difficult to see through sun glare during a sunrise (The photo was taken facing north).
  • In the dim evening light a rider should not expect such obstacles.

The good news: 
The hazard is about 80m away from a hospital, so care is at hand for any injured riders.

Is this the worst our region has to offer for epic rider safety failures? If you’ve seen something that can beat this email us with pics and location.


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One Response to “What’s wrong with this picture?”

  1. BrettC

    Yippee! This pole has now been removed. It took about 3 years, but at least it has been done now.
    The remaining hole in the bitumen still needs to patched, although it is filled with gravel and is reasonably safe to ride over.

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