Somewhere there is a book of rules for cycling in Byron, but I haven’t had any luck getting hold of a copy. To help other confused cyclists here is some guidance based on my observations:
Handlebars: Misleadingly named because your hands should not touch these under any circumstances. Riding with no hands not only looks cool but leaves you free to text, roll cigarettes or eat takeaway noodles with chopsticks.
Lights: An unnecessary luxury. Drivers need to stay alert at night and they enjoy the element of surprise. Just remember – it’s their fault if they hit you, so you’re pretty safe.
Which side of the road? Doesn’t matter. If you’re from another country just ride on the side you normally would at home.
Helmets: Mandatory in all of NSW except Byron. If you’re risk averse you can carry one on your handlebars and slip it on when in danger.
Signalling: Not necessary. If you want to turn left or right – just do it. Drivers in front and behind will just have to work it out.
Riding on Footpath: In the rest of NSW you’re not allowed to do this unless you’re under 16 but, again, this doesn’t apply to Byron. Pedestrians can sometimes get a bit annoyed and try to hold their ground. The best thing to do in this situation is to accelerate and look a bit angry, this usually gets them to move.
Drunk or stoned? Leave the car at home because it is very dangerous to drive when under the influence. Take the bike instead.