The Vanishing Point

This is the scene that now confronts cyclists travelling south along the old Pacific Highway on the last uphill to Asquith. Those familiar with the area will notice that the south bound cycle lane has recently been moved by about a meter to the east which means that it in fact runs out to nothing about one hundred and fifty meters earlier than it used to. On the other side of the Highway some road and/or pavement works are under way outside some of the new unit developments. These appear to have forced the RMS to move all the lane markings eastward, hopefully only until the roadworks are complete.
As a consequence, at least in the short-term, the lane alterations represent a net increase in the risk of collision for south-bound cyclists trying to transition from the cycle lane to the adjacent (very) active traffic lane as they ready themselves to cross, in turn, to the lane closest to the Highway centreline from where they can merge right, after the Asquith shops, into Peats Ferry Road for the ride back to Hornsby.
The distance over which this very hazardous manoeuvre must now take place is at least 150 metres further than previously. The route has therefore become even more challenging for individual riders lacking the relative ‘safety in numbers’ that a group would otherwise provide in such situations. Bike North’s Hornsby Advocacy Working Group has been in continuous discussions with the RMS over quite a long period to try to improve this very problematic section of the old Pacific Highway. However, until appropriate improvements have been made, riders are advised to exercise extreme caution when travelling in the area.