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Go Cycling This Summer

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Go Cycling This Summer

Summer has finally arrived around most of New Zealand and the Automobile Association is encouraging Kiwis to enjoy the good weather and get on their bicycles during February, which happens to be Bike Wise Month.

Many AA members are also cyclists and the AA supports cycling as a sustainable, fun, healthy and enjoyable way to get around, says AA Motoring Affairs General Manager Mike Noon.

“When you take into account competitive cyclists, mountain bikers, teens on their BMXs and children learning on their first trike, there’s a huge number of people who regularly cycle,” he says.

About 300,000 bicycles are imported each year, which is considerably more than the number of cars!

“Summer is the time when you see the most Kiwis cycling, so it’s a good time to remind everyone to be extra watchful and careful on the roads.”

Tips for five-star cyclists:

·         Make sure you’re highly visible

·         Wear a helmet

·         Keep well to the left

·         Avoid busy streets if possible

·         Don’t ride two abreast on narrow roads

·         Be extra careful at intersections – drivers focusing on finding a gap in the traffic can overlook less visible cyclists

Tips for five-star motorists:

·         Be patient when waiting to pass cyclists – they have the same rights to the road as you

·         Give cyclists plenty of space when you’re passing – 1.5 metres is a safe distance

·         Check for cyclists before you pull out into the traffic

·         Check for cyclists before you open vehicle doors

Mr Noon says that there are obvious differences is size and speed between bikes and cars and this can lead to tragedy in a crash for the more vulnerable cyclist.

“As cyclists and motorists we all have a responsibility to share the road, obey the road rules and show courtesy and tolerance.

“There are also times when it makes safe sense to completely separate cyclists and motorised traffic. The AA supports cycle lanes that are completely separate from motorised traffic as the safest option for cycling in heavy traffic or high speed zones,” he says.

More information about Bike Wise Month and events planned around the country is on www.bikewise.co.nz

Bike Wise Month is managed by the NZ Transport Agency, supported by the Ministry of Health.

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