Dunedin advocacy group has called for improved safety
measures for cyclists after the death of a male cyclist
outside Dunedin Hospital yesterday.
The cyclist was run over by a stock truck in Cumberland St
about 10am. Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said police were
investigating the possibility the door of a parked car had
been opened just before the accident.
The truck driver was later stopped by police and spoken to at
Evansdale, north of Dunedin.
Spokes Dunedin education and safety co-ordinator Prof Hank
Weiss said the cycling advocacy group had talked to the
Dunedin City Council about a Canadian study that found bike
lanes alongside parked vehicles, as in Cumberland St, were
about seven times riskier than fully separated, buffered
lanes that gave cyclists their own space.
"New investments in cycling infrastructure on busy urban
streets should be spent on building protected lanes."
The Canadian research found fully separated lanes were nine
times safer than major streets without designated cycle
Prof Weiss attended a council meeting a week ago with
transport planners and engineers about the southern commuters
route and the installation of infrastructure to protect
There was a willingness to install infrastructure to make
major routes safer for cyclists, he said.
Yesterday's fatality follows the death of a cyclist using the
southbound lane on the one-way system who was hit by a truck
outside Dunedin Railway Station in November 2011.
Dunedin City Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said
the installation of cycle barriers around Dunedin roadways
would be considered on a case-by-case basis but the challenge
was considering all road users in decisions.
Otago-Southland state highway manager Ian Duncan said NZTA
staff were saddened by the news a cyclist had been killed on
State Highway 1 and their thoughts were with the victim's
"The NZTA investigates the circumstances of all deaths and
serious injuries on the state highway network with a view to
making our roads safer for everyone who uses them, and we
will be doing the same thing in this case."
A witness to yesterday's fatal accident, Solarpro owner Karl
Lawrence (32), of Dunedin, said he was waiting for traffic to
pass before crossing Cumberland St to enter Dunedin Hospital.
Mr Lawrence heard a noise after a "big cattle truck" passed
and then saw the dead man lying on the street.
The "young Asian" cyclist appeared to have died instantly
after going under the rear wheels of the back trailer, he
The truck did not stop but the driver might not have noticed
"I would have thought it was a bump in the road. That's what
it sounded like."
Mr Lawrence was taken by police to identify a truck that had
been stopped near Evansdale.
A Tulloch Transport spokesman said the manager of the
Southland-based company had gone north yesterday to support
the truck driver.
• A man died when a ute was involved in a head-on collision
with a stock truck and trailer unit on State Highway 1 south
of Ashburton about 4pm yesterday.
The man was understood to have been the sole occupant of the
ute, which was severely damaged, the Ashburton