Expert cycling panel welcomed
Getting more people on bikes will deliver huge benefits to all New Zealanders, say cycling advocates.
An expert panel on cycling safety was announced today by Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse, following a recommendation from Coroner Gordon Matenga.
However, a focus on cycling safety alone is unlikely to produce the best result, says Cycling Advocates' Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan.
"Cycling is not a problem to be solved, but a significant opportunity to deliver a range of benefits: economic, health, transport, clean air, better cities, safer streets, and fun."
The Get Britain Cycling report from the UK's All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group offers a useful model, says Mr Morgan.
"Making cycling safer, convenient and attractive should be a top priority for New Zealand, if we want a healthy and prosperous future."
"With one and a half million New Zealanders already on their bikes, there's huge demand for cycle lanes, safer speeds and effective education of all road users."
"London has achieved massive growth in cycling thanks to leadership and investment. We can do the same here."
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Reference: Get Britain Cycling http://allpartycycling.org/inquiry/