Cyclists welcome Chief Coroner's decision to investigate crashes

The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) and BikeNZ welcome the Chief Coroner's decision to investigate recent cycling crashes.

Spokesman Patrick Morgan said the inquest will examine whether there were any patterns and possible law changes needed.

"CAN and BikeNZ are keen to help the coroner in any way with our expertise."

He said CAN and BikeNZ are committed to raising the standard of cycling.

"Road safety is no accident."

"We are all responsible for making our roads safer - whether we are on a bike or behind the wheel."

"That's why we have developed cycle skills training programmes for children through to adults, based on world-best practice."

"We ask the government for sufficient investment to introduce these programmes to every child."

Mr Morgan likened it to swimming. "Every child in New Zealand deserves the opportunity to ride a bike."

Release Date: 
Friday, 19 November, 2010