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Cyclists take their lives into their hands while the council consults: cycling advocate

Cyclists take their lives into their hands while the council consults: cycling advocate

Bevan Woodward says there is not enough action from the council to make roads safer for cyclists. Bevan Woodward is immensely frustrated about the rate…

Wednesday, Oct 19

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Bevan Woodward says there is not enough action from the council to make roads safer for cyclists. Bevan Woodward is immensely frustrated about the rate of change for cyclists in Nelson.

The Bicycle Nelson Bay convenor says that when you bike in the city, right now, “you are taking your life into your hands”.

The qualified transport planner said the city had a plethora of urgently needed projects, such as its collection of unsafe roundabouts. To fix those, he said, would be “peanuts”.

There was also a “massive gap” between the city centre and the St Vincent St cycleway, and safer speed limits across the community of 30kph needed to be implemented.

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Woodward said the Nelson City Council put in “minimal” bids for national funding, and lost out as a result compared with other regions.He said he was told the council would be entering a three-year period of planning and preparation“The mantra from council is ‘things take time’, they live by that, and we think that’s not responding to a climate emergency. They use ‘we have to consult’ often as a reason for inaction.“Right now, when you cycle in Nelson, too often you are taking your life into your own hands, and it’s so unacceptable, yet we get this weak-kneed response from council.”But […]

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