Sarah Barth January 1 2017
Over the past 25 years about 12 cyclists died on the roads each year, and the Cycling Action Network has said the apparent improvement in the figures is “encouraging”.
The organisation’s spokesman Patrick Morgan said the decline was a reflection of more people riding and becoming accustomed to cyclists – and that new infrastructure slowly coming into play was adding to the safe spaces for cycling.
While saying there were more ambitious schemes the government could adopt, Morgan said the country had the best cycling advocate yet in Simon Bridges as Minister of Transport for cyclists.
There were six cyclist deaths in 2015 and 10 in 2014.
“It is really encouraging, the numbers appear to be moving in the right direction,” Morgan said.
Further work, however, was needed in the areas of protected cycleways; better designed junctions; educating drivers and cyclists and setting safer speed limits through neighbourhoods.
A New Zealand Transport Agency spokesperson said the country was undergoing: “The single biggest investment in cycling in New Zealand’s history,” the spokesperson said.
“We want people to be able to choose how they get around and to feel safe.”