Sawyers Bay resident Prof Samuel Mann enjoys the
tranquillity of the West Harbour cycleway-walkway. Photo by
A Dunedin cyclist and Sawyers Bay resident has
highlighted the daily dangers of commuting by bicycle on busy
State Highway 88 and has called on truck drivers to take more
Prof Samuel Mann, who rides his electric bike to and from
Otago Polytechnic on most days of the week, told The Star the
section of SH88 between St Leonards and Sawyers Bay was
''Because it's narrow and there isn't a good shoulder, I have
to ride on the road and that's when it gets really
dangerous,'' he said.
Truck drivers, in particular, would often pass too quickly
and too close - ''it happens pretty much every day''.
In frustration, Prof Mann posted an open letter to truck
drivers on Facebook late last week, calling on them to slow
down and give cyclists a wider berth on SH88.
He also called for action on completing the West Harbour
cycleway-walkway and urged road users to make submissions to
the council and NZTA on the issue.
Despite ''disappointing'' comments from some truck drivers,
his post had received strong support from other West Harbour
Chalmers Community Board chairman Steve Walker supported Prof
Mann's call for submissions on SH88 safety and the need to
extend the cycleway-walkway to Port Chalmers.
''About 50% of the questions I get asked as board chair are
around the completion of the cycleway-walkway.''
Dunedin-based NZTA transport planning manager Tony Sizemore
said the cycleway-walkway was at the top of the list of
regional priorities for the next national land transport
The project, which was estimated to cost about $6 million,
would be up against other national projects.
New Zealand Trucking Association chief executive David Boyce
said his industry was also concerned about the width of the
SH88 carriageway, which was a vital freight link.