On Tuesday an elderly pedestrian, described on Stuff as ‘frail’, was knocked down by a cyclist on Waiheke Road.
An elderly man was airlifted to hospital on Tuesday morning after being hit as he was crossing the road
The accident happened on Waiheke Island, a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland central
The frail, 85-year old was crossing Waiheke Rd, in Onetangi, at around 9.55am when a cyclist in his 50s knocked
The pedestrian received several cuts and was flown by Auckland Rescue Helicopter to Auckland Hospital so he could have his wounds dressed and be kept under observation him over, according to police
Waiheke Police constable Wayne Stevenson, who attended the incident, said the cyclist had been coming down hill on the narrow, winding road when he hit the man at the start of a walkway to the beach
"There's no suggestion of anything untoward but if there are any witnesses, we'd appreciate hearing from them
A cyclist is in critical condition after he fell 15 metres down a bank on Auckland's Waiheke Island.
The cyclist, a man in his 60s, was riding down a hill when an oncoming truck made him swerve off the road, the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust said.
He plunged 15 metres down a bank, seriously injuring his head, chest and internal organs.
The Auckland Westpac rescue helicopter took him to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition
A cyclist was ticketed recently when he was caught speeding down the hill to the Matiatia ferry. He had been clocked at 70kph in a 50kph zone. When cyclists can reach such speeds they can easily become ‘silent’ killers.
A pedestrian uses their ears as well as their eyes to detect on-coming traffic. It is all but impossible to hear a cyclist, especially when they are coming from behind. Yet cyclists persist in having no bell to warn vulnerable pedestrians of their approach. Even if cycles have bells, cyclists seen to think it fun not to use them when they come upon unsuspecting walkers on shared paths.
The Esplanade is a particular example of bad cyclist behaviour. I regularly walk my little dog along there on leash. He is allowed a certain amount of freedom of manoeuvre to explode the enticing smells left by other dogs. It is most alarming when a cyclist comes from behind but gives no warning signal. If I hear a car approach I have to time to shorten Bugsy’s leash and keep him out of harms way. But cyclists invariably bowl along at speeds in excess of the 15kph signed along there. They give me a start let, alone the dog, as they narrowly brush past on their mopeds and speedsters.
When I was riding a bike in my youth, every cycle had a bell and we were expected to use them. We had cycling proficiency tests at school to ensure we knew the rules of the road and how to cycle responsibly when sharing the road with other users. We cycled everywhere at speeds of around 15 to 20kph, if we were lucky. We felt safe on the roads and didn’t fear traffic. I’m not sure when and how the cycling culture changed to one of aggression and lack of consideration for other road users but that is certainly the norm now.
Cycles can be silent killers. They can achieve speeds well in excess of the urban speed limit of 50kph. But it is cyclists who make the most noise about the bad behaviour of other road users, yet do little or nothing to self-regulate when it comes to consideration of more vulnerable road users.
Modern bikes are speed machines, not the sedate transport supposed in current road regulations. As our roads become crowded with cycle lanes encouraging more cyclists it is high time the Ministry of Transport took the cycle threat seriously and introduced mandatory regulations for cycles that would make all road safer. The Ministry should learn from the examples being set across the Tasman where they take the cycle safety issue seriously.