Dunedin cyclist Carl Haddon, who was knocked off his
bicycle by a bus at The Cove on Sunday, steers clear of
certain routes in and around the city. Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin's low level of traffic congestion actually makes
the city more dangerous for cyclists, because it means drivers
tend to travel faster, a Cycling Otago member says.
Carl Haddon, of Helensburgh, was knocked off his bicycle by a
bus at The Cove on Sunday, while competing in a time trial.
Police were investigating the incident, the latest in which a
cyclist was hit by a vehicle in the city.
Last November, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull sought urgent action
to improve cycle safety on the one-way state highway systems
through Dunedin, following the death of a cyclist in
Cumberland St near Dunedin Hospital.
Dunedin City councillors unanimously supported an approach by
the council's chief executive, Paul Orders, to the New
Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for a safety review, which
Yesterday, acting Otago-Southland state highways manager
Simon Underwood said the NZTA expected to provide the council
with an initial report in four to six weeks.
He said the review would lead to a longer-term view of what a
safer central cycling network would look like, as well as
more immediate ''quick wins'' which could be achieved in the
Mr Haddon (40) cycled daily and avoided certain routes which
he said were too dangerous.
State Highway 88 between Dunedin and Port Chalmers was a
''death trap'' and Portobello Rd was not worth the risk, he
It was near the intersection of Portobello Rd and Irvine Rd
where Mr Haddon was hit by a passing passenger bus about
9.15am on Sunday.
Mr Haddon said he was cycling along the far left of the road
when the bus veered around him to pass.
The driver pulled back to the left before completely passing
Mr Haddon, who was hit by the rear of the bus and pushed over
on to the footpath.
The bus did not stop and Mr Haddon was not sure whether the
driver was aware he had been hit.
His clothing was torn beyond repair and parts of his bicycle
would need replacing.
Mr Haddon was scratched and bruised but managed to avoid
''I was really lucky, actually. It could have been much
He contacted police and was treated at the site by St John
Mr Haddon was hit by a car while cycling in Auckland years
ago but said in some ways Dunedin posed a greater risk to
''The traffic moves quite quickly here, because it's not
congested and there is a general lack of care for cyclists on
the roads. Occasionally, you get people that are really
aggressive on purpose,'' he said.
Mr Haddon was comfortable cycling along the one-way systems
in Dunedin, as long as he did not have to cross lanes to turn
He said the more separation there was between cycle and
traffic lanes the better.