In Melbourne there seems to be an increasing number of what looks to be a bike lane where the lane is marked with a dashed line and only goes for a few metres but repeats every 50-100 metres. I've noticed them on Studley Rd Kew prior to hitting the "real" bike lane that runs down to Johnstone St. But I've also seem them a lot of other places. I assume this is just a cost cutting measure to save on the costs of doing a full bike lane. But what I was wondering is what protection do these pretend lanes offer. In a real lane it is fairly obvious to car drivers where they should and shouldn't be, but with these pretend lanes are they supposed to swerve out of the way every 50 metres at the markings, and what would be the point. Dave B.