NOT COMPLETED: The bike lane markings at Woolgoolga north have no signage indicating a bike lane.
NOT COMPLETED: The bike lane markings at Woolgoolga north have no signage indicating a bike lane. Trevor Veale

Safety fear over bike lane

CONFUSION is mounting among motorists and cyclists over the incomplete Solitary Islands Way bicycle lane between Woolgoolga and Arrawarra.

Construction ended along the stretch of road after the lane was painted, with no signage or dividing bollards to inform cyclists and motorists of the changes.

Woodsey's Wheels owner Scott Bocking said the concept of the bicycle lane was excellent, but said it was important the project was finished quickly with clear signage and bollard dividers to protect all commuters.

"I'm 100% in favour of it. It's good infrastructure, but they just have to finish it. There is no signage at all designating it as a bike lane, and this is causing confusion for both motorists and cyclists," Mr Bocking said.

Mr Bocking said his customers had told him about close encounters with motorists drifting into the new lane due to the current lack of signage.

"You need signs at each intersection where cars are pulling out, and you need clear signage on the lane itself," Mr Bocking said.

"Until that is done, it is not a bike lane, but just paint on a road. A real concern would be for cyclists riding Northbound during dark.

"Their lights would be against the traffic, and without a clear divide, this could be very dangerous."

Coffs Harbour City Council road safety and transport officer Anne Shearer could not provide a date for when the project would be finished.

But she said she would do her best to post temporary signage before the Easter long weekend to clear up any confusion.

Ms Shearer said the speed limit along Solitary Islands Way would remain at 100kmh.

"At this stage, it doesn't look likely the 100kmh (speed limit) will change. The cycleway was designed for 100kmh roads," she said.



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