This nomination for the shonky goes to Bendigo Council (City of Greater Bendigo aka COGB). It has a cycling and walking strategy (https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-05/Walk-Cycle-Greater-Bendigo-Strategy-2019.pdf) which states:
“In 2018, the City of Greater Bendigo hosted two national walking and cycling conferences and became Australia’s first internationally-accredited Bicycle Friendly Community. This recognises the involvement and commitment of the community and the City in developing a leading place
to walk and cycle.”
There is (or rather was) a bike lane on both sides of Russell Street in Quarry Hill, allowing residents and students of the local primary school semi-protected access to the Back Creek Trial, which in turn accesses the CBD and connects to other bike paths leading to Bendigo Secondary College and Latrobe University.
The bike lanes on Russell Street were marked “Bike Lane Only”, save for a handful of marked car parks outside a mechanic and church. As is expected, some car owners think they can park anywhere they please and parked in this bike lane. One even had a car cover on it and was left for two months. See photos.
When reported to Bendigo Council, it did the usual thing, viz. nothing. On repeated followup, the solved the problem …
By removing the bike lane!
Praise be, and let’s all pay homage the motor vehicle gods. To hell with active recreation and the council’s published strategy. So much for being “the first internationally accredited bike-friendly city”
After photo attached.