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March 28, 2023

Cyclist struck by van in Byron Bay

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A cyclist is in a stable condition in Byron Central Hospital after being knocked over in Byron Bay this morning.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson confirmed they received a callout at 8.24am.

Paramedics found a cyclist, who had been knocked over by a van at the crossing near Lawson Street, on Jonson Street, just after roundabout.

‘The patient, who was conscious and breathing’ was taken to Byron Central Hospital,’ the spokesperson said.

The van driver stayed at the scene while emergency services were in attendance.

A reader said traffic on Ewingsdale Road banked up as a result of the accident back as far as Bayshore Drive.


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  1. The traffic in Byron Bay is nuts right now with many tourists who apparently think normal road rules don’t apply on holiday.

  2. Twice I have been knocked off my bike on Bangalow road but Byron Council tell me they don’t have the money to display “A Metre Matters” banners. Byron’s pot holed roads are an additional hazard for cyclists. Clearly, Byron is not a cyclist friendly venue and foul mouthed motorists screaming abuse from time to time only add to the alienation.

  3. Council needs to prioritise a strategic plan and action it for tourism in the Shire.
    It is out of control and the public risk us riding. The community has presenting to Council for years the danger of high volumes of traffic in areas already under stress.
    This and the need for more resourcing and a urgent review of Council roads under management so they can be managed or dirt roads with hundreds of people including cyclists and no speed limit because of the fact that is a unsealed road.

  4. Cars, Trucks, Vans Potholes and People opening doors, are all on a cyclist’s radar.
    But please also be very much on the lookout for ..

    DOGS,, as they can suddenly dart out and crash into your steering wheel and instantly throw you to the hard stuff.

    This is what happened to me outside 70 Piccadilly Hill Road Coopers Shoot, where dogs may well still be on the loose.

    Be careful all.. unless you like ambulances and helicopters and many weeks in hospital and rehab.

  5. The traffic is ridiculous in Byron and many tourists or visitors don’t know or follow the road rules causing traffic jams and accidents. Many cyclists don’t follow the rules either, indeed some seem to think there aren’t any. The other day I witnessed a cyclist in Bangalow Rd texting whilst riding with no hands and no helmet. Idiot. Others have their ears plugged with speaker buds so they can’t hear traffic. I ride almost everyday and often see near misses and have had a few myself. I hope this cyclist is not seriously injured. Drivers need to be more aware and keep at least one metre away from cyclists. And cyclists need to be more conscious of idiot drivers

  6. Yesterday I passed through town and a cyclist came flying down the side of me at the pedestrian crossing outside the post office. He flew over the crossing almost taking out the pedestrian. He didn’t even notice he almost took someone out he was going so fast. I was telling my wife this as we drove through town this morning and again a cyclist came past us as we stopped at the pedestrian crossing outside Sticky Wicket.. The female rider was also paying no attention to the female pedestrian almost hitting her.. thankfully she seen her at last minute and swerved to get around her.. I love the carefree attitude with cycling around town and I dont want this to change but some of these cyclist need to understand the road rules and that they apply to them also. I have seen many more cases like this over the years.. I dont know what happened this morning but im sure the cyclist is at fault.

  7. Is the wearing of helmets on bikes compulsory in Byron bay or just the rest of NSW ??

    If you hire a bike does the hirer have any obligation to provide a helmet ?

  8. I ride in town nearly every day.i also drive through and around town every day. Some riders are respectful and try and be mindful of their safety and understand how cars move though Byron. Others seem to be truly ignorant, perhaps not having ridden much until their backpacks hit the Byron hostels. Others don’t give a shit and have little respect for anyone else on the roads. Others are just too stoned I guess.
    Similarly, some cars still don’t afford cyclists care and space. Most seem to, if cyclists give them a chance. It sure goes both ways, but in this town I see alot more cyclists misunderstanding and breaking the road rules.
    I have seen accidents where cyclists are at fault. I have seen cars hit cyclists cause they dont see them which is both at fault as cyclists in this town mostly dont use lights at night (should be a law). BUT the cycle crossings on Bangalow and Ewingsdale Roads are death -traps.


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