The project to reduce conflict and improve safety on Mount Dandenong Tourist Road has wrapped up and riders already feel welcome.
No sooner had the lines been marked than riders were trying out the new and improved sections of the popular route.
VicRoads has added sealed, 1.5m-wide shoulders to selected uphill sections of the road, as well as a number of other improvements to drainage, alignment, surface and bus stops.
The new shoulders provide extra space where riders are slower and removes the hassle from impatient, hasty drivers.
The improvement will reduce the risk of crashes but will also improve the experience of riding in a beautiful part of the Yarra Ranges.
The treated sections are in Tremont between Janiesleigh Road and Churchill Drive, and at Sassafras/Ferny Creek between One Tree Hill Road and The Crescent.
These sections conveniently link to popular loop routes off the busy main drag that take rider along some challenging and exhilarating roads on the mountain.
These options were selected after extended consultation with Bicycle Network and AusCycling and following detailed technical evaluation.
Two new meet-up/catch-up rest areas have been built near One Tree Hill Road and The Crescent, providing a safe space for riders to recharge before continuing their ride.
VicRoads has installed bicycle racks, bicycle repair stations and benches.
Opportunities for further improvements are limited by sensitivities around the removal of trees adjacent to the road.
As the weather begins to warm up in the Spring, we hope to see many more riders explore the wonders of Mt Dandenong with more enjoyment and fewer conflicts with other road users.
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