I am deeply saddened to hear about yet another cyclist fatality at that hot spot at the entrance to Byron Bay.
While we await details from the police about this incident it’s important to note that this is the second fatality on this stretch of the road. When the first death occurred several years ago, concerned residents picketed the road to highlight safety issues and to request the speed limit be reduced from the current 80k to 60k. At that time Byron police were also supportive of this change but said that speed limits were the RTA’s jurisdiction.
While the speed limit has been changed further up the road out of Byron from 80k to 60k, this particular stretch remains, for some inexplicable reason, at 80k. This speed is clearly unsustainable and kills people.
I have a question for the RT(M)A: how many deaths will it take before you change the speed limit on this stretch from 80k to 60k?
Harsha Prabhu, Byron Bay