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This road will kill another cyclist, club president warns

A 39-year-old female cyclist from Coorabell is in a serious but stable condition in a Brisbane Hospital suffering multiple fractures after an incident on a section of Ewingsdale Rd near McGettigans Ln on Wednesday night.
A 39-year-old female cyclist from Coorabell is in a serious but stable condition in a Brisbane Hospital suffering multiple fractures after an incident on a section of Ewingsdale Rd near McGettigans Ln on Wednesday night. Megan Kinninment

THE death of another cyclist on Ewingsdale Rd is only a matter of time says the president of the Byron Bay Cycle Club.

Kumar Rajaratnam said the serious injury of a 39-year-old female cyclist on Ewingsdale Rd on Wednesday night should be a wake-up call for Byron Shire Council to upgrade the cycleway, all the way in and out of town.

Emergency services were called to Ewingsdale Rd, about 300 metres west of McGettigans lane at 6.40pm after reports a cyclist had been found injured following an incident.

The Coorabell woman, who sustained serious head and leg injuries, was riding a white Uplend ladies road bike west on Ewingsdale Rd.

Police are appealing for witnesses to help determine if the woman was injured in a hit-and-run.

The club has been advised of four cyclists in the last three years who had accidents along the 80km zone on Ewingsdale Road west of McGettigans Lane who all required hospitalization or surgery.

Wednesday night's incident comes six months after popular local Michael Pinkerton was killed while cycling along Ewingsdale Rd on February 11.

Mr Rajaratnam said the only way cycling in and out of Byron Bay could be made safe was to construct two separate cycleways on either side of Ewingsdale Rd.

"Currently cyclists riding to and from Byron Bay on the cycleway have to cross Ewingsdale Rd three times, which is very dangerous," he said.

"If council was serious about addressing the traffic situation in Byron Bay, having cycleways on both sides of Ewingsdale Rd would help eliminate traffic congestion."

Mr Rajaratnam said a review of varying speed limits and an upgrade of Ewingsdale Rd and the cycle way, Mr Rajaratnam said would increase safety.

"The club has been advised of four cyclists in the last three years who had accidents along the 80km zone on Ewingsdale Road west of McGettigans Lane who all required hospitalization or surgery.

"On investigation, it was determined to be as a result of poor road maintenance or construction with potholes or no shoulder or sudden narrow shoulder drop offs."

A 50km/h speed limit should be imposed from Woodford Lane into Byron, Mr Rajaratnam said, eliminating five changes of speed along Ewingsdale Rd.

Late yesterday the Coorabell woman remained in a serious but stable condition in a Brisbane hospital suffering multiple fractures.

Due to her condition, police were yet to speak to her about the incident.

Topics:  cyclists ewingsdale road



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