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Road users urged to show respect for one another

February 22nd, 2012

Road users urged to show respect for one another

Two nationwide projects focusing on the need for all road users to show understanding and respect to one another are being highlighted at the national 2WalkandCycle conference in Hastings.

Project manager Jena Niquidet-Weston has succeeded in getting truck and bus drivers to meet with people who cycle, and to try out the view from each other's vehicles. Jena says “Bringing cyclists and drivers together to share their experiences allows them to develop a better understanding of each other’s point of view. Cyclists are very vulnerable while they are out on our roads and it is up to road users on both sides to look out for each other and be more understanding and tolerant”.

She has also worked with various organisations in Auckland to improve cycle safety on Tamaki Drive. This stretch of road has six of the nine most dangerous black spots for cyclists in Auckland. Jena says “Many of the problems on Tamaki Drive stem from a buildup of tension between cyclists and drivers, and both sides are guilty of poor behaviour. By increasing the awareness that all road users need to show respect to one another we can create a safer and more pleasant roading environment.”

The three day 2Walk&Cycle conference has attracted around 200 delegates, with nearly 80 presentations under the theme of “Creating Smarter Connections”.

The conference runs until Friday February 24th at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings.

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