A cyclist's life is more valuable than car parks, Dunedin
deputy mayor Chris Staynes said yesterday at a memorial
ceremony for a Dunedin cyclist killed when fell under a
Cr Staynes spoke to about 200 people at a ceremony to unveil
a plaque in memory of dentistry lecturer Dr Li Hong ''Chris''
He, outside the Cumberland St entrance of Dunedin Hospital.
Dr He was killed nearby in November last year when an opening
car door knocked him into the path of a stock truck.
Cr Staynes said the death had resulted in the Dunedin City
Council, the New Zealand Transport Agency and cycle advocacy
group Spokes Dunedin working on a proposal to separate
cyclists from heavy traffic on the state highway one-way
system in Dunedin.
He was surprised that, with the consultation not yet having
started, many Dunedin residents were ''bemoaning'' the
potential loss of parking spaces.
''Surely parking is far less valuable than a life.''
Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse said at the
event he was ''encouraged by the accelerated progress'' on
the separated cycle lane proposal.
He was committed to removing any ''barriers'' to getting the
plan implemented, he said.
''That's the tribute that we can pay to Chris. That's the
legacy out of this tragedy.''
Spokes Dunedin secretary Dr Robert Thompson told those
gathered almost every cyclist had been nearly knocked off
their bicycle by an opening car door.
''It happens to the most experienced cyclists and Chris He
did nothing wrong that day. It could have been anyone who
rides a bicycle in Dunedin.''
University of Otago faculty of dentistry deputy dean Prof Tom
Kardos, said the council had made ''a step in the right
direction'' by providing cycle routes in Dunedin, but many
A white bicycle will be parked near the memorial until