Cyclists are encouraged to move into the middle of the road at roundabouts and "take the lane" in a bid to keep themselves safe and visible to motorists, an inquest has heard. The second and final day of coroner Louella Dunn’s inquest into the death of retired teacher and cyclist Graeme Michael [Mike] Leach began today.
Leach died after being struck by a truck and trailer unit at the intersection of Te Rapa Rd and Sunshine Ave about 11.30am on April 5, 2017.
A Halls Transport truck, being driven by Auckland man Michael Hodgins, was heading north on Te Rapa Rd approaching the Sunshine Ave roundabout at the time as Leach was cycling north.
Hodgins, who was convicted of careless driving causing death in 2018, turned left at the roundabout and collided with Leach on his bike.
The 67-year-old died of severe head injuries.
Simon Kennett, Waka Kotahi principal adviser, told the inquest that taking the lane was the term used for a cyclist moving into the centre of the lane at a roundabout, and was deemed the safest option for them as they are more visible to vehicles. Start your day in the know
"It increases the likelihood of cyclists being seen and limits the ability for vehicles to overtake cyclists at the roundabout."However, it was also a more "advanced manoeuvre", especially if there was a lot of traffic or if it was moving fast, but it had been highlighted in the 2020 update of the NZ Road Code as an appropriate manoeuvre […]