Answers to Byron's traffic woes

COMMUNITY groups will get the chance to say how they would deal with Byron Bay's traffic woes at a public meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting has been organised by Byron Council and will be attended by councillors and senior council staff.

It will be held at the Byron Bay Community Centre from 6pm.

Mayor Jan Barham said it was a complex issue with many ideas put forward on how to solve the problem.

"There are many community opinions on solving the Byron Bay traffic congestion and there has been extensive investigations undertaken by council," she said.

Cr Barham said while the council would be advising on progress of a bypass and a planned investigation of on-street paid parking, Tuesday's meeting would also feature presentations from community groups.

She said she expected the bypass, or lack of one, to be on top of the agenda at the meeting.

But there were other key issues including pedestrians, cycling and park and ride, she said.

Cr Barham said council studies had shown about 80 percent of motorists wanted to go into the Byron Bay town centre and not bypass it.

She said studies had indicated that regardless of what form or route a bypass took, it would not be the silver bullet that most people expected it would be.

"The studies also recommend various measures such as multiple changes to the road network," she said.

"This would mean the cost and necessary approvals, including those needed from the state's road and rail authorities, will be significant."

Cr Barham said the council had resolved to investigate what paid parking could offer in terms of funding the required infrastructure and managing traffic demand.

She said an exemption for residents would be looked at in any extension of paid parking in the town.

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