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May 12, 2021

Byron Bay’s 80kph strip should be cut

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The 1.7-kilometre 80kph zone between Byron and Sunrise is a serious hazard which puts at risk people who want to cycle or walk into town, and saves drivers only about 15 seconds.
It should be reduced to at most 60 kph.
We humans are very poor at judging the much greater energies and risks involved at higher speeds, and so tend to underestimate the dangers of going faster.
As the Australian Federal Police point out, it takes 45 metres to stop from 60kph, while  a car braking from 80kph will still be travelling at round 65kph at the 45-metre mark.
As the ‘Welcome to Byron’ sign says: cheer up, slow down and chill out.
Garth Luke, Mullumbimby

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  1. The 1.7 kilometre 80kph zone between Byron and Sunrise MUST be reduced to 60 kph. It is a hazard for drivers, cyclists and walkers. Cyclists wishing to navigate the road to cross over Ewingsdale Rd, to the cyclists path are at risk from speeding cars, cars wishing to make a right hand turn near the caravan park run the risk of hitting a cyclist using the adjacent path and with the amount of traffic and consequent road rage it is unwise to even contemplate walking to town (let alone cross the road). The constellation of all of these factors necessitate caution and common-sense…also we must not forget that there are blind spots for drivers in cars. Saving lives must be addressed as we witness the demise of Ewingsdale Road to traffic …and potential development.


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