Speed kills protest in Byron Bay
By Luke Prendergast firstname.lastname@example.org BRIAN BRUMMELL'S death will not be for nothing if the group of protesters maintaining a vigil on Ewingsdale Road in Byron Bay yesterday have their way. Mr Brummell died after being struck by a car as he crossed the road on his bicycle on the night of June 3. Residents of the Byron Bay Tourist Village and members of the Ewingsdale Progress Association and Byron Shire Bicycle Users Group have been campaigning for years to have the speed limit lowered. Yesterday they gathered at the crossing, calling for Byron Shire Council and the NSW Government to 'Make Byron Bike Friendly', 'Stop The Deaths!', 'Make Xings Safer!', 'Please 50K NOW', 'RTA Act now', and imploring passing motorists to 'Honk for safety'. Byron Shire Bicycle Users Group secretary/treasurer Bernard Grinberg said the aim was to get speed limits reduced, the number of bike paths increased, and raise awareness of the dangers for cyclists and pedestrians using Ewingsdale Road. "There is a pedestrian and cyclist safety problem here. All the way from Shortstop to the Ewingsdale interchange basically is not safe," he said. "The 100km/h zone is insane. There is no shoulder on it so often people ride their bikes with their handlebars poking into a 100km/h zone." With peak traffic of 1300 cars an hour on Ewingsdale Road, 15 per cent of which routinely break the 80km/h speed limit, Mr Grinberg called for the RTA to reclassify the road from a rural road to an urban street. "We want to make the shire bike friendly and it isn't. In fact the coastal strip is bike unfriendly," he said.