Cy­clist safety prompts ac­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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