The widow of cyclist Dr Li Hong He has not returned to
the Dunedin arterial road where her husband was killed and will
not attend a memorial ceremony there on Monday, Spokes Dunedin
secretary Dr Robert Thompson says.
''It is still too painful for her. She told me she has not
been down this stretch of road since he was killed.''
A plaque in memory of Dr He would be unveiled on an exterior
wall of Dunedin Hospital in Cumberland St at noon on Monday.
A white memorial bicycle would be parked near the memorial
until December. In many countries people put a white bicycle
where a cyclist had been killed in traffic, Dr Thompson said.
The plaque would be near where Dr He was killed last November
when an opening car door knocked him into the path of a stock
truck as he cycled past Dunedin Public Hospital.
''We want to commemorate what happened and also look forward
with the recent proposal for a protected cycleway on the
The New Zealand Transport Agency, in conjunction with Dunedin
City Council staff and cycle advocacy group Spokes, has come
up with two preferred long-term options for improving safety
on Dunedin's one-way system, both of the options having
cycleways separated from the road.
Speakers at the public memorial will include deputy dean Tom
Kardos from the University of Otago faculty of dentistry
where Dr He was a researcher and lecturer.
Dunedin deputy mayor Chris Staynes will speak on behalf of
Dunedin. Associate Minister of Transport Michael Woodhouse
will speak about road and cycle safety.