Cyclists' ''ignorance and arrogance'' has prompted Strath
Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams to call for
cycles to be registered.
Mr Williams said the proposed identification scheme was
supported by the board at its meeting last week.
A proposal for the Dunedin City Council to create a bicycle
registration bylaw would be on the agenda for the board's
next meeting, he said.
It was difficult for motorists to identify offending cyclists
so a complaint could be made to the police.
''If you see a whole lot of cyclists all over the road like
lunatics, how do you ring up and report them?''
The ''ignorance and arrogance'' of cyclists angered him.
Dunedin road policing manager Senior Sergeant Phil McDouall
said although motorists had difficulties identifying cyclists
when complaining to police, a registration scheme would be a
''All bikes would have to be registered, including bikes that
However, police would consider a proposal for a national
policy rather than a local bylaw, he said.
Cycling advocacy group Brake chief executive Mary Williams
said Mr William's comments were misguided and unhelpful.
''We should be enabling more people to cycle and [be] working
to protect vulnerable road users through measures that have
been proven as effective.''
The most effective methods were separating cyclists from
traffic, through cycleways and footpaths, and implementing
lower speed limits, she said.
Automobile Association (AA) Otago chairman Jeff Donaldson
said AA would review a proposal for a bicycle registration
''We would certainly want to look at it, but it would have to
come as a direction from central Government.''
A Ministry of Transport spokeswoman said there were no plans
to introduce a registration system for bicycles and the
ministry had not considered the feasibility of such a system.
The New Zealand Transport Agency was establishing a panel to
look at cycle safety, she said.
''We would expect this panel to consider national and
international research and experience, and provide advice on
possible rules changes that could make cycling safer.''
The introduction of a registration system for bicycles would
require a change to the Land Transport Act. The change could
not be implemented by a rule or bylaw.
Dunedin City Council corporate services manager Sandy Graham
said anyone could ask for a new bylaw to be made.
However, a local authority had to determine, as per the Local
Government Act, whether a bylaw was the most appropriate way
of addressing the perceived problem.