Cyclist safety prompts action
Cardrona residents want a cycle track to Wanaka.
Cardrona Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Barrie Morgan said there were too many nearmisses between Cardrona and Wanaka and there are growing concerns a serious accident will happen. ‘‘There is a problem,’’ he said. With the ski season coming, meaning more traffic on the road, it was important riders were educated about the dangers, Morgan said.
It was hoped a ‘‘cycling etiquette’’ would be created to give cyclists information about how they should be riding on the road and included the idea of riding in single line when there were double yellow lines instead of riding three abreast.
‘‘No-one is against cyclists. It’s a two-way thing. Motorists get impatient as well and take risks,’’ Morgan said.
He had written to the New Zealand Transport Agency on behalf of the group expressing their concerns and asking for consideration of a cycle track,
Cardrona Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Barrie Morgan stands on a stretch of road where there are growing concerns for cyclists. but had not received a reply.
Wanaka’s Senior Constable Mike Johnston said he would be taking a collective approach to educate cyclists and would talk to cycle retailers, bike hire businesses and accommodation providers to get safety messages across to cyclists and talk about issues from a police prospective.
This included making sure they wore helmets, as there were many incidents of people not wearing them, and making sure they knew they could only ride two abreast. While some motorists got ‘‘really ticked off’’ at cyclists two abreast, ‘‘it’s an arrogant mindset to have’’, as a large group of riders were better off in pairs to allow less time for motorists to spend encroaching the centre line when passing them, Johnston said. ‘‘It’s education on both sides.’’ While a Cardrona-Wanaka cycle trail would be great for mountainbikers, competitive cyclists would still use the main road, he said.