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Two weeks ago I had to wait in Mooball, by the rail trail crossing of the Pottsville Road. During the 30 minutes I was there, maybe two dozen bikes crossed the Pottsville Road. There are big red STOP signs. Not one person obeyed the traffic rules and stopped. They deliberately cycled between the rails, or around them.

Later that same afternoon, my sister attended a music function at Stoker`s Siding. Whilst traversing the Dunbible crossing in her car, a bike shot across in front of her. She shouted that he should obey the traffic STOP sign. He flicked her a V sign and told her to get f—–.

It is high time that the traffic police collected much needed revenue by fining these people who have no concern for road rules. As they show no means of identification, confiscate their bike and treat them no differently from us vehicle road users.

All crossings should be fenced off on one side. Fit a locked gate to the other for medical access if needed. And fit a one-foot step within the pipe rails so that they have to dismount and walk across all gazette roads. Road rules must apply to all.

Mike Yarrow, Byangum

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  1. Mike writes: ‘… confiscate their bike and treat them no differently from us vehicle road users.’

    Wow. I didn’t realise that police were now confiscating cars when drivers don’t stop at a stop sign.

  2. note to cyclists in the Byron shire and northern rivers ( especially around Byron CBD )

    Please respect other road users , i.e cars , and pedestrians at crossings
    Please DO NOT undertake cars at roundabouts ( ie nr Bay Grocer ) and go straight ahead from left lane when the car in front of you is turning Left !
    Please DO NOT ride at night going the wrong way or right way with no lights dressed in black!
    Please Do NOT ride going against traffic with your 2 year old on the front of the bike with no helmet on your E Bike !
    Please give way to pedestrians at crossings , and PLEASE understand how roundabouts work!
    Please DO NOT ride whilst sending a TXT message to the local undertaker booking in your next fitting ! not noticing what’s happening around you.
    If you are riding on the footpath and you are crossing a road ahead and it says Cyclists GIVE WAY , then please look and check for cars!
    Situational awareness is very important when riding on roads with trucks , buses and cars …
    If you have no brains then PLEASE go and ride in the desert where you can’t hurt yourself or anyone else !

    UNLESS you are wanting to upgrade your bike to a COFFIN . then Please take note of the above ,
    Show some respect for other road users and understand basic road rules !

  3. Lots of Ninja cycling in the Bay. Cyclists wearing black or dark clothes, no helmet (Byron Shire must have a special exemption from State law?) and lots of riding the wrong way down one-way streets, and – of course – texting as you cycle. Byron Bay has gained – in some cases, rightly, a reputation for unreconstructed self-entitlement that would be more at home in the likes of Bondi or Mosman. Cyling in the shire just proves my point.

    • Ooooh, those dastardly bike riders.
      Best not talk about drivers breaking rules and laws.
      Driving and texting is a national sport!


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