taka wrote:noumenon wrote: Though, I didn't see the point of getting off the Westgate Freeway at most off-ramps, only to risk it thru an intersection anyway, then get back on the Freeway. Could have just as well taken that risk by crossing the off-ramp on the freeway itself. But that's my opinion. The traffic engies and authorities may have had their own reasons.
That has been like that since the first one I rode 11 years ago. I remember the idea first was to have riders going on ramp so the car if happens to merge (not as much police presence when it all started), it will be obvious... especially when we are doing 60kmh down Westgate and come in contact with on ramp traffic.
Nowadays I think it is more of a tradition. AND for my mates to catch up with me who I drop on the westgate climb. I have a very annoying habit and not staying in a pack on climbs. Taka the Pantani... hehe.
Thing is, diverting riders unto an intersection would carry more risk wouldn't it? Even if it is controlled, cars at an intersection travel at right angles to cyclists, whereas crossing on the Fwy off-ramps would be tangential. What was confusing was that further down the Geelong Fwy cycles were permitted to cross off-ramps whilst still on the Fwy. But I guess regular traffic
at those parts might be more familiar with cycles crossing?
Am just curious as to the logic behind their apparent conflicting decisions.