A 39-year-old Coorabell woman is in a Brisbane hospital with head and leg injuries after the bicycle she was riding was involved in an accident on Ewingsdale Road near Byron Bay on Wednesday night.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident and, due to her condition, are yet to speak to her to see if it was a hit-and-run.
The woman was found lying on the road by a passerby about 300 metres west of McGettigans Lane.
She was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital then later transferred to the Gold Coast where she was reported to be in a serious but stable condition, with multiple fractures.
The accident is believed to have occurred at around 6.30pm as the woman, on a white ladies’ road bike, travelled west along Ewingsdale Road.
The latest accident on that road has sparked a warning by a local cycle club that another cyclist could be killed there unless the cycleway is upgraded all the way to the highway from Byron Bay.
Four cyclists have been injured in accidents on Ewingsdale Road west of McGettigans Lane in the past three years.
Byron Bay Cycle Club told APN Media that Wednesday night’s incident came six months after a well-known local cyclist was killed while cycling along Ewingsdale Rd.
Club president Kumar Rajaratnam said the only way cycling in and out of Byron Bay could be made safe was to construct two separate cycleways on either side of Ewingsdale Road.
Mr Rajaratnam told APN Media that cyclists riding to and from Byron Bay on the cycleway currently have to cross Ewingsdale Road three times ‘which is very dangerous’.
‘If council was serious about addressing the traffic situation in Byron Bay, having cycleways on both sides of Ewingsdale Rd would help eliminate traffic congestion.’