Christchurch cyclists are not very bright - Cr Chrissie Williams
22 May 2003
cyclists who ride at night without lights are a real
danger to themselves and other road users”, says Cr Chrissie Williams
in response to the Christchurch City Council’s count of the number
of cycles without lights at night.
A count of cyclists in the city last
month showed that more than half where riding at night without
lights. Of those with lights, most were too dim
to be detected from the legal requirement of 100 metres away.
“The survey results are disappointing. Common sense prevents us from
driving our cars at night without lights, yet some people do not think that
this applies to bicycles ” says Cr Williams
“People who cycle at night are almost twice as likely to have an
accident causing themselves or others harm,” says Michael Ferigo,
Christchurch City Council’s Cycling and Pedestrian Planner. The Christchurch
City Council and Land Transport Safety Authority’s ‘Brighten
Up’ campaign aims to encourage cyclist’s to ‘brighten
up’ at night so that other
road users have a better chance of spotting
The ‘Lighten Up’ promotion
offers 25 per cent discount on bike lights redeemable at participating
local cycle retailers.
The vouchers are available from participating cycle
retailers, any Council
centre or other Council facility until 7 June.
Large quantities of vouchers can be ordered on behalf of an organisation
or business by contacting
Jackie King on 941-8026.
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