Cy­clist’s plea: Let’s share roads safely

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mo­torists are be­ing asked to watch out for cy­clists as more riders take to the road in the lead-up to events such as the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

Mata­mata Ped­dlers Cy­cling Club mem­ber Dale Er­tel said the club did not want to see any ac­ci­dents in the area.

While mem­bers were hop­ing mo­torists would stay alert, they were also aware that cy­clists had an im­por­tant part to play.

‘‘We em­pha­sise strongly to our mem­bers the need for us to do our bit for safety,’’ he said. ‘‘We try not to slow up or an­noy traf­fic, with the sin­cere hope that mo­torists show the same con­sid­er­a­tion to­wards us.

‘‘Some­times we do things that may seem dis­rup­tive but it’s for both our safety and the safety of other road users.’’

Six cy­clists have been killed on New Zealand roads so far this year. Eight were killed last year.

The NZ Trans­port Agency rec­om­mends that mo­torists slow down when ap­proach­ing cy­clists and leave a 1.5- me­tre space when pass­ing. Mo­torists should watch out for cy­clists be­fore pass­ing ve­hi­cles, at in­ter­sec­tions and on hills and blind cor­ners.

‘‘When a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and a bike crash there can only be one win­ner,’’ said Mr Er­tel.

‘‘I wouldn’t want any mo­torist to have to go through the trauma of hit­ting a cy­clist.’’

For de­tails on shar­ing the road with cy­clists go to bike­wise. co.nz.

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