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Labour turns wheels for cycling safety

Labour turns wheels for cycling safety


With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

Due to speak to a cycling rally at Parliament this afternoon she said a Labour Government would make the safety of cyclists a priority.

“Too many cyclists are dying needlessly.

“Labour will act to improve cycling safety, including taking seriously the recommendations of the Cycling Safety Panel’s report, due in September.

“We will also dedicate more resources to cycling through the Land Transport Fund, revise the road code where needed and invest in driver education and cycling infrastructure.

“Labour also wants to see more kids biking to school with dedicated safety zones and the provision of school based instruction.

“Cycling is good for the country. It helps free our motorways of congestion, reduces carbon emissions and improves the health of our families.

“It needs to be recognised that more than a million Kiwis now use bikes as a legitimate transport alternative. They have every right to be safe.”

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