Mark Oliver, Byron Bay
Very sad to hear about a local cyclist hit by a car and left to die. I was surprised to see this on page 4 of The Echo.
There was a post on the Byron Community Board Facebook page questioning whether cyclists should ride between Mullum and Byron on Myocum Road. Many car drivers were infuriated by the cyclists having the nerve to slow them down. Some even suggested you should be able to hit a few cyclists just to keep them on their toes. Yes, a little murder always keeps people on their toes but cooler minds just blast their horns and yell out the window.
Council now has a draft bike plan stating that bike crashes between 2012 and 2017 were only 11 in Byron Bay, one in Suffolk Park, zero in Mullum, one in Bangalow, and three in Ocean Shores. Seriously? These numbers sound extremely low.
My girlfriend spent about $5,000 trying to repair broken teeth from hitting a wooden post that council put at the centre of the bike path – ’cause you know that’s good design – but I guess that kind of accident doesn’t count. These bike-crash numbers are ridiculous at best.
Yes, the distances are small. Yes, you can ride a bike into town faster than taking a car. Yes, it’s healthy. Yes, it reduces carbon emissions… but sadly the prevailing attitude by our council and many drivers makes riding bicycles a very dangerous proposition.