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June 17, 2021

Cyclist killed in Byron crash

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Police are preparing a report for the information of the coroner following the death of a cyclist at Byron Bay last night.

Police believe the 66-year-old man was riding his bicycle west along Ewingsdale Road when he was struck by a white Holden Rodeo single-cab ute travelling in the same direction at 8.15pm (Tuesday 11 February 2014).

The man was thrown onto the bonnet of the ute and sustained severe head injuries.

Despite the efforts of passersby and police, he died at the scene.

The driver of the ute, a 43-year-old man, stopped and is assisting police with their inquiries. He returned a negative roadside breath test and has undergone mandatory blood and urine tests.

Both men are believed to be from the Byron Bay area.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/.


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16 COMMENTS

  1. Terrible to read of this accident. I live in fear of hitting someone, especially in town where visiting cyclists continue to ride of the wrong side of the road and make it exceedingly hard to avoid them when entering a T-intersection. Drivers need eyes in the back of their heads around here. I’m so sorry for both cyclist and driver in this instance.

  2. I am deeply saddened to hear about yet another fatality at this 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?

    • Absolutely right Harsha. I use that Ewingsdale crossing four times a day and it is always problematic. Byron could be the most bike friendly place in Oz. But when recommendations to make it so are put forward some residents complain about the journey home taking longer ( 90 seconds the difference at 60kph rather than 80kph to Ewingsdale), motorists complain about cyclists taking up lanes on the road(?) and the few bike tracks there are, in the main, are extremely hazardous.

      No doubt the same old rubbish about helmets will come up but it is a well researched fact that motorists allow more space to cyclists without helmets than those with. And in the civilised countries of Europe where density of traffic, both pedal and powered, is far greater than here they are not a requirement. Michael Pinkerton, my friend, ALWAYS wore a helmet. Vale Michael.

      • Tragic news again… What I can’t understand is why, when in areas where cycle ways are provided many cyclists still use the roads? I know if cars used the cycleways we’d get fined, perhaps a law cld be in place there for cyclists using the road when there is an existing cycle path.. & where there’s not please governments provide the funding. Cyclists need lights&helmets too if they are going to risk sharing the road.

  3. Why do the police and local authorities not enforce or even encourage adherence to the lights and helmet laws for cyclists in Byron Bay? I see people riding all the time with no helmet in town and sometimes even with the helmet hanging off the handle bars. Also I have often seen people riding their bikes on the footpath so pedestrials are endangered.

  4. I lived in this area for 12 years, and it is a really nasty crossing, just before the bridge going over the Belongil River heading into town. If you are a cyclist, you often think you can get across in time, but it is easy to misjudge it. As a driver, you often see people on bicycles at night without correct lights, so you can’t even see them. I think along with reducing the speed limit (and I agree it is just ludicrous that this hasn’t already occurred), there needs to be something done about the actual place where cyclists cross the road to the cycle track.

  5. I feel for the families of the people involved. I know none of the details of this particular incident. However, as a newbie regular cyclist, I am frequently very concerned with the dangerous speeds and overtaking styles I have witnessed on local country roads. Children are also regular users of these roads, have every right to be, and also have the right to their own personal safety. My daughter and I stick to the left edge of the sealed road and frequently jump off our bikes or ride completely off the road (often into long grass/obstructions) to avoid likely death in the event of a speeding car approaching from two directions simultaneously. Remarkably few local drivers seem to show any respect for our right to use the road safely. Please consider your speed every time you drive. Thanks.

  6. So did the car mount the cycle path or was the cyclist on the road. Let’s get some facts before calling for ridiculous reductions in speed limits

  7. Yes, modification and enforcement of regulations is part of the solution. I ride a bike every day around Byron and routinely find the majority of drivers recognise the dangers to cyclists and respond appropriately. But I also see just plain stupidity – among both groups. Whatever regulatory approach we push for, the essential ingredient is simply greater respect on both sides – as well as just plain common sense.

  8. My worst fears have now become a tragic reality. At that time of night it is very hard to see a cyclist on the Ewingsdale Road and even though there is a designated cycle way in parts of this busy motorway, most cyclists still use the road and put themselves in danger.

  9. This road crossing should be 40kph, and with speed humps either side of a large traffic island, at the very least. There are near misses frequently at this spot, and now a fatality.

    There are wider pedestrian safety issues in town with no actual formal pedestrian crossing of either Ewingsdale Road or Bangalow Road, south of Woolies. Incredible.

    Watching the school kids try and cross the large stretch of Bangalow Road near the schools is heart in the mouth stuff, and someone will die eventually.

    I would like to hear Council’s position on the lack of pedestrian crossings on these two major roads. This should be top priority.

  10. I agree Kevin , on numerous occasions I have witnessed cyclist`s take the gamble of travelling on the road when there is a purpose built bike path that runs parallel . I was witness to a close near head on collision when one driver swerved to avoid a cyclist ( on the road ) & nearly collided with an on coming truck . The Council ( ratepayers ) went to the enormous expense to build it ( the bike path ) wish they would use it ….

  11. Whilst a very tragic story hundreds of thousands
    Of dollars were spent on the hardly used bicycle track. Whilst everyone talks about speed limits bike riders should be fined for not using bike tracks if they are there

  12. Tragic news again… What I cant understand is why,when in areas where cycleways are provided many cyclists still use the road? I know if cars drove on the cycleways we’d get fined, perhaps a law could be in place there for cyclists (if not common sense) for using the roads when there is an existing cycleway. Not sure if this accident occurred next to a readily available cycleway or not? And please governments, provide the funding to complete the cycleways throughout our shire. Of course cyclists need lights & helmets too if they are going to share the road..

  13. Such a tragedy. Have been feeling for all involved.
    We need safe and well designed bike paths. Im not sure why the Ewingsdale Road bike path could not have been designed so that cyclists do not have to cross traffic traveling at 60- 80+km hour? The crossings are death traps. Maybe traffic lights at the crossings? The anti-cycling fringe should remember that for many, including our kids, the tourists that fuel our local economy, and other ordinary people, bikes are the primary form of transport. A functional bike trail system helps keep people fit and healthy, allieviates traffic problems, and reduces our climate footprint. Its a worthy investment. Bangalow Rd “shared use” footpath is not safe for shared use, it is perhaps suitable for pedestrians (although maybe difficult for some as it is so uneven). As a cyclist it is way too narrow and uneven to ride with confidence that I will not injure a pedestrian, so on that route I take the road.
    Till the RTA does its job on something other than billion dollar freeway investments for corporate freight, cyclists need good lights at night, and drivers need to abide by speed restrictions, develop cycle awareness and learn how to share the roads with cyclists as is the current law and licensing requirement for those that want to drive.

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