Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) and BikeNZ have issued advice for drivers and cyclists following a fatal crash in Dunedin this morning.
Although the details of the crash have not yet been released, CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan has reiterated advice to all road users about proven ways to reduce the chances of a crash.
Advice for drivers:
* Look twice for cyclists, especially those coming from the left hand side.
* Give cyclists plenty of space. Allow 1.5 metres between you and the cyclist.
* For truck and bus drivers: get the best mirror system you can to enable you to watch for cyclists on the left-hand side.
Advice for cyclists:
* Never cycle on the left-hand side of a truck, bus or car at an intersection, unless you're in a separate lane.
* Avoid blind spots. Take up a visible position at intersections: well out in front and not by the left-hand kerb or close to a truck or bus.
* Wear bright, visible clothing. Use lights at night or in poor weather.
Erika Buky from cycling advocacy group Spokes Dunedin says the crash showed that more needs to be done to improve road safety.
"We all have a responsibility to use the roads safely, whether you are on a bike or behind the wheel."
Spokes Dunedin has previously alerted Dunedin City Council and NZTA to the hazards faced by cyclists, especially on arterial routes through the central city.
"We've seen improvements, and we know that local officials understand and share our concerns, but road marking and narrow cycle lanes aren't enough to protect cyclists from collisions with heavy vehicles on these routes. We need more investment in infrastructure as well as better education and awareness among road users.
"We have a small but supportive cycling community here. Everybody who cycles regularly in Dunedin rides in that vicinity or knows people who do.
"We're shocked by this news and extend our deepest sympathy to the victim's family."
Mr Morgan says CAN is running road safety workshops for cyclists, bus and truck drivers, but these have not yet been confirmed for Dunedin.
"Drivers and cyclist switch seats at the workshops. The aim is to give participants a better understanding of the issues that drivers and cyclists face."
Contact: Patrick Morgan, CAN, 027 563 4733