Cycling advocates react to the light sentence for a man who killed Manawatu woman Patricia Fraser.

Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) manager Patrick Morgan says he is outraged and saddened.

"The light sentence in this case sends a message that killing another road user has few consequences. That is appalling."

"This is not a story about cycling - it's about accountability."

"Why does the life of Patricia Fraser mean so little?"

"Our messages to all roads users are simple:

First. follow the rules.

Second, don't drive or ride on autopilot. Lives depend on it."

Mr Morgan says the Cycling Advocates Network is working with Bike NZ and the NZ Transport Agency on fresh 'share the road' campaigns, and on training for cyclists.

"There is no single fix for preventing road crashes.

The way forward is a mix of lower speeds, investing in cycling, walking and public transport, safer roads, driver and cyclist training, tougher licensing, and better enforcement."

Patrick Morgan
Project Manager
Cycling Advocates Network
tel 027 563 4733

Release Date: 
Monday, 14 March, 2011