Cyclist death shows need for safer infrastructure and motorist education
After the tragic death on Pleasant Point Highway of a young cyclist out training the local cycling advocates group, Squeaky Wheel South Canterbury is calling for urgent improvements in roading design and motorist education.
Squeaky Wheel spokesperson, Jon Harris says that the death of this outstanding young member of our community shows that rapid progress must be made towards making our roads safer for cyclists.
Alice Baker was out training on her cycle when she was struck from behind by an even younger driver.
"The crash is a terrible blow for both families. It should be a wake-up call to all roading authorities and road users in South Canterbury. With the drive towards more sustainable transport, unless changes are made to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists on our roads, we are going to lose more valued and outstanding members of our society in needless accidents."
Squeaky Wheel member and regular cycle commuter on the Pleasant Point Highway, Liz Cutler said, "The accident is a real tragedy- a wonderful family with wonderful kids making the most of life and I'm sure many of us thinking 'And There but for the grace of god go I'-could have been our kids ... Or could have been us killed."
"Urgent changes to driver licensing and driver education are needed to
make drivers more aware of how to take care around cyclists", said Jon.
"How many fatalities will it take before something is finally done? We
need action on cyclist safety now."
For further information, contact Jon Harris, Squeaky Wheel spokesperson,
03-614 8777, firstname.lastname@example.org