A New Zealand cycle safety panel including Olympic
cyclist Alison Shanks will have its first meeting in Wellington
on April 15 to make cycling safer on New Zealand roads.
Spokes Dunedin chairman Dr Robert Thompson said he would
represent the Dunedin cycling advocacy group Spokes in a
larger reference group and would inform the panel about what
attracted and discouraged people from cycling in Dunedin.
He wanted to know the key safety issues that people faced
cycling to work, to school and when sport and recreational
Dr Thompson said the panel aimed to deliver its
recommendations by the end of September.
Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse said the
NZ Transport Agency convened the panel in response to a
coronial review of cycling safety in New Zealand.
The Government wanted to encourage cycling as a transport
option by making it easier and safer for people to cycle, Mr
The other members on the panel included Richard Leggat, Prof
Alistair Woodward, Marilyn Northcotte, Dr Glen Koorey, Mike
Noon, Dr Hamish Mackie, Simon Kennett, Dr Alexandra Macmillan
and Axel Wilke.
Cyclists can email Dr Thompson feedback