Cycling advocates call for action on making Hawkes Bay roads safer
The death of a cyclist on Brookfields Rd yesterday highlights the need for Councils to make roads safer, say cycling advocates.
"While we don't yet know the causes of this tragic event, we know that roads with shoulders are safer for everyone." says Patrick Morgan, spokesman for Cycling Action Network.
"We call on Hastings District Council to make quick progress on fixing black spots like Brookfields Rd."
He also says the Government is not moving fast enough to protect New Zealanders.
“It's been two and half years since the Cycling Safety Panel recommended 15 high priority actions to make our roads safer.”.
“Action has been too slow. It is clear what to do to make our roads safer, so why are we waiting? How many more people will die?”
The Cycling Safety Panel recommended, among other things:
Investigate the costs and benefits of introducing mandatory truck side-under-run protection and other vehicle safety features (such as better mirrors, sensors and cameras).
Design intersections so they are safe for cyclists. Trial European design guidelines for roundabouts and other innovative treatments.
Increase and incentivise training for commercial drivers about driving safely near cyclists
Raise cyclist awareness of the risks of riding near heavy vehicles.
“After more than 2 years, nothing has come out of the recommendation to investigate truck safety features,” says Mr Morgan.