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Cycling advocates call for urgent action on road safety

Ten years after the death of Police Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald while cycling home, cycling advocates are calling for urgent action on road safety.

Former national road policing manager, Mr Fitzgerald was cycling home from work on 19 June 2008 when he and a truck and trailer crashed on a roundabout in Petone. In 2009 the truck driver was convicted of careless driving.

Finalists for the 2018 Bike to the Future Awards, New Zealand’s national cycling awards, have been announced.

The awards, now in their third year, are organised by the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network (CAN). They celebrate the projects and people that are actively supporting and encouraging New Zealanders’ choice to get around by bike as part of their everyday journeys.

 

Cycling advocates dismayed by Council decision not to address Thorndon Quay black zone

 

Cycling advocates are applauding new Government strategy which sets a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries.

Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network says it's time New Zealand caught up with world-best practice on road safety.

"Cyclists welcome this audacious approach to protecting lives. For too long our Government has stood by while road deaths have increased."

New Zealand’s best cycling projects will be recognised as nominations open for the 2018 Bike to the Future Awards – with refreshed award categories to better reflect the sector.

The awards are a joint initiative between Cycling Action Network (CAN) and the NZ Transport Agency, aimed at recognising the people and projects contributing to a more bike-friendly New Zealand.

 

Cyclists call for safer spaces, and drivers to happily share the road

A new survey from the Cycling Action Network reveals the biggest concern among more than a thousand cyclists is safety.

68 percent said drivers are not prepared to ‘share the road’ with people on bikes.

67 percent are concerned about the lack of safe cycling networks.

 

Better cycling infrastructure, slower speeds and driver education are common themes from the responses to CAN’s cycling safety survey in February.

Key concerns from more than 1100 people were a lack of safe cycle routes, drivers not being prepared to share the road, and cars passing too close.

After founding the Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust in 2010, Havelock North man Paul McArdle has been tireless in his mission to get more kids on bikes, more often.

Driven by the desire to see more children cycling, Paul said it was a real honour to join the other New Zealanders on the 2018 New Years Honours list.

CAN Project Manager Patrick Morgan is swapping an office chair for a bike saddle for the next month. Starting on 10 February, he's riding the 3,000 km Tour Aotearoa from Cape Reinga to Bluff.. 

'You might be surprised how sedentary my work can be.' he says. 'Although I love what I do for CAN, there's a lot of keyboard bashing, phone calls and meetings. I can't wait to start the ride.'