Imagine the road authorities painting a picture of a car on the road, in one of two traffic lanes of a road. Imagine the road rules advising that cars do not use the traffic lane with the picture of a car painted in it. “Surely it would be a Car lane where cars should travel if it has a car picture painted in it?” , you ask. You would think the RMS would never do this to confuse people. But they do it for pushbikes all the time.
All pushbike pictures on roads are confusing and dangerous in Newcastle. Almost all of what Novocastrians think are “pushbike lanes” (where you should ride your pushbike” are in fact the exact opposite. They are road areas where you should NOT ride your bike. NSW Road Rules 153, 144 & 247 advise to ride the safe way (usually 1.5m away from parked cars).
No one should ever ride close to parked cars. Unseen kids can always open the door.
Remove this confusion, we want an awesome safer and faster integrated transport system for all (cars, walkers, buses/trains and pushbikes).