Yamba cyclist Ray Hunt is warning other road users to be careful on Yamba Rd.
Yamba cyclist Ray Hunt is warning other road users to be careful on Yamba Rd. Debrah Novak

Cyclist's near-miss sparks warning

CHANGED traffic conditions on Yamba Rd are "bloody dangerous", according to cyclist Ray Hunt, who said he was nearly wiped out by a four-wheel drive last month.

Mr Hunt said he was travelling on Yamba Rd in early April when the lane he was in suddenly ended without warning.

"I was riding along at around 30kmh when I suddenly noticed the lane narrowing towards the kerb with an SUV up against my knee," the Yamba man said.

"Luckily I was able to skid to a halt, but a less experienced rider may not have been so lucky."

Mr Hunt said there were no warning signs at the time and he wants the community to be aware of the danger.

The changed traffic conditions are a result of the installation of a new pedestrian island on Yamba Rd, opposite Freeburn St.

Mr Hunt said he wrote a letter to the council to express his concerns and had since been invited to attend the next traffic advisory meeting on May 23.

Since bringing it to the council's attention, a temporary sign had been erected.

Clarence Valley Council's deputy general manager Rob Donges was aware of Mr Hunt's complaint, however, he said that particular section of roadway did not include an officially designated cycleway.

"It's a shared zone and includes car parking," Mr Donges said.

"If it was a designated cycleway, then it would be marked with a solid line."

Mr Donges said the cycleway was, in fact, a shared bikeway/pedestrian pathway and there were signs provided to indicate this.



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