Had a near miss on your bike? Feeling steamed up?
Here's a guide on what to do.
1. Take a deep breath. Write down what happened: time, location, rego of any vehicles involved, details of any witnesses.2. File a Police roadwatch report athttps://forms.police.govt.nz/forms/online-community-roadwatch-report/9 Police write to the owner of the vehicle. You need rego, time, place, description of vehicle (make and colour if possible).
3. If you want charges laid, visit a Police station and lay a complaint.
4. If a commercial vehicle was involved, call / email / write to the company, asking for a response.
5. Call your City Council, ask for the road safety coordinator. Describe the problem and ask them to take action. If that gets nowhere, call your city councillor. Keep a record of your efforts.
6. Join CAN and get in touch with your local group of bike advocates.
Emphasize it's a safety issue and you are more likely to get a response.
See, be seen, communicate.
To avoid crashes, it helps if you don't ride like a maniac.Look where you are going, use clear hand signals, and lots of eye contact.Give yourself plenty of time to make your trip so you are not running late.Take a cycle skills course.