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Ev­ery time a cy­clist dies on our roads, as hap­pened last week­end, a col­lec­tive anx­ious shud­der rip­ples through the cy­cling fra­ter­nity. There are all sorts of rea­sons why road ve­hi­cles and cy­clists col­lide and I am­not here to lay blame.

No mat­ter the cause it is al­most cer­tain that the cy­clist will come off sec­ond best, and that some­times means their com­mu­nity loses a fam­ily mem­ber, friend or lover.

My wife is a cy­cling nut and she spends many hours a week ply­ing the roads of Wairarapa and the thought of trucks and cars fly­ing past within a hair’s breadth of her does not thrill me.

I guess the mes­sage that I want to get across is that when cy­clists and ve­hi­cles come into close prox­im­ity, pa­tience, care and low­er­ing our speed is a key way to en­sure ev­ery­one stays safe.

The poor Lower Hutt man who died on Sun­day in­evitably has many who will miss him dearly and the driver is likely dis­traught. We don’t know what hap­pened, but his death is some­thing that can­not be un­done.

- Piers Fuller The in­au­gu­ral cham­ber mu­sic fes­ti­val to be held over three days from Fri­day. Fea­tur­ing pi­anist Michael Hous­toun.


Don’t miss Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet ap­pear­ing with An­nie Crum­mer at An­zac Hall in Feather­ston this Thurs­day 7pm.


The Life Flight Trust Hand­i­cap Half Marathon & Re­lay is on Satur­day, 30 Septem­ber in Carter­ton. All en­try fees go to Life Flight Trust.


In­ter­na­tional award win­ning au­thor Wilkins will speak and read from his work on Sun­day 1 Oc­to­ber at 3.00 pm in the Carter­ton Events Cen­tre. En­try is by koha.


The clas­sic mu­si­cal is be­ing per­formed at Carter­ton Events Cen­tre this Satur­day 30 Septem­ber at 3pm and 7pm.

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