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Cyclists saddened over latest cyclist deaths

Media Statement for Immediate Release - 10 January 2011

Cyclists saddened over latest cyclist deaths, but heartened over Coroner’s investigations

Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) and BikeNZ are saddened to hear of the latest cyclist deaths, but are pleased they are to be referred to the coroner.

Spokesperson, Anne FitzSimon said this inquest will examine whether there were any patterns and possible law changes needed.

"CAN and BikeNZ are keen to help the coroner in any way with our expertise."

“CAN and BikeNZ are concerned with the loss of basic cycle skills which are often lacking in young New Zealanders.”

Cycling Skills Training and ‘Share the Road’ are both CAN and BikeNZ’s top priority for 2011.

She said CAN and BikeNZ are committed to raising the standard of cycling.

"That's why we have developed cycle skills training programmes for children through to adults, based on world-best practice."

"We’re committed to our programmes and encourage the government to fully support sufficient investment to continue these programmes to every child from 2012."

Ms FitzSimon likened it to swimming. "Every child in New Zealand deserves the opportunity to ride a bike."

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