Cycle safety panel seeks feedback

Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
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 cycling.

Dr Thompson said the panel aimed to deliver its recommendations by the end of September.

Alison Shanks
Alison Shanks
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 Woodhouse said.

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 to:spokesdunedin@gmail.com.

- shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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