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Spring brings more cyclists, urgent need for care

As spring brings more cyclists, urgent need for care

The five tragic deaths and additional serious injuries to people on bicycles this week highlight the urgent need for extra care and attention when using a motor vehicle, said the Green Party today.

“Many more New Zealanders are getting out on their bicycles now that spring has arrived and the Taupo Cycle Challenge is coming up,” said Green Party cycling spokesperson Kevin Hague.

“I implore all those on the road to drive more slowly, with extra care and attention.

“We all have a right to use the road, whether it is on a bicycle or in a car, but with that right comes a collective responsibility to look out for others.

“Those using a car have a particular responsibility to look out for vulnerable road users because of their deadly potential.

“But an even greater share of the responsibility lies with local and central government, as they have the ability to provide infrastructure in a way that makes it safer, more convenient and pleasant for New Zealanders to cycle for transport and recreation,” said Mr Hague.

One of the deaths occurred at a spot on Tamaki Drive that had been identified 4 years ago by the Auckland branch of the Cycle Advocates Network (CAN), Cycle Action Auckland, as a dangerous pinch point. However, Auckland City Council had not acted on the recommendations to remove parking and add additional space for people walking or cycling.

“We support CAN in their call for 9 actions the Government can take now to improve the safety of cycling on our roads, including increased driver education, testing and changes to transport funding.

“The Green Party expresses profound condolences to the families and friends of those who were injured or lost their lives on the road this week.

“They will be in our thoughts as our Green Party team cycles in the Taupo Challenge,” said Mr Hague.

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