John Page, Byron Bay
In last week’s Mayor’s Column, Michael Lyon claimed that those who do not want any kind of bypass for Byron Bay ‘offer no feasible alternative solution to Byron’s traffic woes’.
Really? Michael obviously needs to get out a bit more. Among the people I know, there is a very clear consensus: reduce the number of cars coming into town in the first place.
It’s not rocket science: operate efficient shuttle bus services from the edge of town (ideally linked to a broader web of public transport, including Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Ocean Shores, Brunswick Heads and Suffolk Park), while making the CBD relatively unattractive to private car-owners – through speed-bumps, one-way streets, pedestrianisation, and so on.
For many years, I have told friends elsewhere in the world that Byron is different, that it has genuinely progressive politics. Sadly, I’m not sure I can say that any more.
Even as climate chaos presents its existential threat, our best response to the problem of too many cars is to build another road.
Someone please tell me that this is just a bad dream.