SAD VIGIL: Bob Marshall, of Byron Bay, with Nugget the dog, which keeps waiting for the return of his owner, Brian Brummell, wh
SAD VIGIL: Bob Marshall, of Byron Bay, with Nugget the dog, which keeps waiting for the return of his owner, Brian Brummell, wh

Cyclist's death sparks backlash

By Patrizia Reimer and Hannah Ross

NUGGET continues to wait for his master to return from the bike ride into Byron Bay that cost him his life.

It was a life that could have been saved if speed zones along the notoriously dangerous Ewingsdale Road were lowered, according to locals.

But the faithful nine-year-old dog doesn't understand the issues, he just sits in Brian Brummell's van enclosure sadly waiting for him to come home.

Local residents have spoken out since Mr Brummell was hit by a car as he crossed the road on his bike on the night of June 3.

Residents of the Byron Bay Tourist Village and members of the Ewingsdale Progress Association have been campaigning to have the speed limit lowered for years.

"I've said there will be deaths on that road. It's a zoo out there," said Bernard Grinberg, secretary and treasurer of the Byron Shire Bicycle Users Group and member of the Progress Association.

"This death just highlights the mismanagement of the RTA and Byron Shire Council."

An average of 14,000 cars travel along Ewingsdale Road daily, travelling at 80km per hour past Sunnybrand Chickens, past Sunrise Estate residential area, the Byron Arts and Industry Estate, Belongil Fields Caravan Park, the SAE College and Cape Byron Tourist Village.

Tourist Village resident Bob Marshall said he and others in the village had been campaigning for years to address the safety of the crossing where Mr Brummell died, saying pedestrians and cyclists were crossing at a spot where cars are travelling much too fast.

"I see it every day, old ladies, people with prams and it's a nightmare to cross. That refuge island has been flattened by cars," Mr Marshall said.

Byron Shire Council redeveloped the cycleway in 2005 with funds from the NSW Government's Black Spot Funding Program. It is believed Byron Shire Council's traffic committee last week visited the spot where Mr Brummell died.

However, asset management services director Brett Lee told The Northern Star last week it was unlikely any further works would be carried out in the near future.

Meanwhile, Mr Brummell is gone and his dog continues to wait. If anyone can offer Nugget a temporary home, please call Cheree on 0418 623 876.



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