Noisy cy­clists spoil­ing the seren­ity

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - JACK­SON THOMAS

East Auck­land res­i­dents are fed up with noisy cy­clists wak­ing them up at the crack of dawn.

St He­liers res­i­dent Philip Stickland said he was con­stantly be­ing wo­ken up by cy­clists rid­ing through his quiet neigh­bour­hood ‘‘yelling to each other’’ as early as 5am.

‘‘I am not anti-cy­clist, I just want them to be quiet,’’ Stickland said.

Cy­clists rode up and down Glover Rd in packs of up to six from 5am, hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions at the top of their voices, wak­ing res­i­dents, he said.

‘‘My house has dou­ble glazed win­dows and they are still wak­ing me up, I feel for the peo­ple down the street who don’t.’’

He said the dis­rup­tion had be­come an is­sue for the en­tire neigh­bour­hood, caus­ing an­tag­o­nism to­wards cy­clists.

‘‘It’s ar­ro­gant and ob­nox­ious.’’ NZTA has a cy­cling code of con­duct that out­lines spe­cific road rules and cy­clist re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It does not, how­ever, have any rules or reg­u­la­tions around noise.

Auck­land Trans­port man­ager of walk­ing, cy­cling and road safety Kathryn King said it did not track com­plaints about cy­clists mak­ing noise and were not aware of any ma­jor is­sues around the city.

‘‘Over­all, at­ti­tudes to­ward cy­cling are con­tin­u­ing to im­prove,’’ King said.

‘‘In 2016 we saw that 39 per cent of peo­ple are pos­i­tive about the state of cy­cling in Auck­land com- pared with 22 per cent in 2015.’’

Mark Tay­lor has been a cy­clist for 30 years and leads morn­ing cy­cle groups three times a week.

He said when rid­ers first came to­gether in the morn­ings there could be ‘‘a fair bit of talk­ing’’, but was sur­prised by the claims of ex­ces­sive noise once on the road.

‘‘We typ­i­cally come to­gether at around 6am and there can be a bit of noise, I think that is prob­a­bly an area where we could be more con­sid­er­ate,’’ he said.

‘‘But when we are rid­ing there is vir­tu­ally no talk at all. We are fo­cussed on breath­ing, per­haps those rid­ers are go­ing too slow.’’

Peter Mumby from Ko­hi­marama likened the is­sue to peo­ple who move to Western Springs and com­plained about the sound speed­way or con­certs com­ing from Western Springs Sta­dium.

He said cen­tral Auck­land had been a pop­u­lar spot for cy­clists for many years.

JACK­SON THOMAS/FAIR­FAX NZ

Mark Tay­lor owns two Auck­land bike shops and says there can be a fair bit of chat­ter when rid­ers come to­gether at the crack of dawn.

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