j9 wrote:I rode North Rd from Stud rd all the way to Grange rd two weeks ago and I'm fairly certain I saw "Bicycles Excepted" signs in conjunction with the "Bus Only" signs so bicycles can legally ride in the 'bus' lane
Nope, the North road bus lane (at least from Huntingdale station as far as Clayton road) is bus only (during the labelled times). You are legally required to ride in the next lane, being passed on the left (ie buses and any motorists turning in or out of North road, or just anyone else ignoring the law) and right by motorists doing anywhere up to about 90km/hr. I engaged in quite a tedious chain of letters with VicRoads about it and was basically told GGF, "the restructured lanes of North road were created solely with a view to increase bus travel performance"
Amusing part of it is that if you do ride "legally" along there and stay in the adjacent lane, half the time the bus drivers freak out and pull out from the bus lane to overtake you on the right!
Not sure where you're riding to/from, but maybe turn left in at Huntingdale station and take the East Oakleigh back streets through to Dandenong road and use the service lane (with the traffic if you like, or against it if you're like most of the locals