Postby hickie on Thu 19/Jun/08 6:58pm

FFS, hope they pull through.

I've had plenty of close encounters going through there when continuing north rather than going off the off ramp. Vehicle seem to think it's fine to overtake a cyclist and turn left....
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Postby sham on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:04pm

Ive ridden town to hutt only twice now and its shit scary passing that turn off! Hope this guy makes it.
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Postby wgtngrl on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:14pm

F&*(^% hell. I just got off the phone with Mum. I knew it wouldn't be Gav - kinda think I would know something like that just cos...

That is way too close to home - I was riding there nearly every day before I left - it's just down the road from home, had to bash on a ute one day that cut Gav off pretty badly.

Over here it's all backwards, but there is zero agression towards cyclists or other drivers. What is wrong with our people???
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Postby orangecruz on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:15pm

ThingOne wrote:
Nordy wrote: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4589897a10.html

another one in welly (petone) cyclist in critical condition

:(


For Fucks sake, out of control.. I really hope this person makes it
I sent an email to the LTSA today asking them to come up with a TV Ad campaign Targeting safety of cyclists.

Everyone else should do the same. info@landtransport.govt.nz


Thanks Clive - I will email them once I am back in the office.

I have only just got home - after sittign in traffic they whole way back into Wellington - due to that last accident I guess. :(
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Postby HappySmurf on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:35pm

Nordy wrote: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4589897a10.html

another one in welly (petone) cyclist in critical condition

:(

I just came through there. The Petone offramp was closed so went past and over the over bridge over the railway line. The cyclist had taken the offramp, made it across into the right hand lane and come around the right hand downhill bend. The 6*4 articulated truck must have then overtaken the cyclist on the bend. The MTB & I thought the rider too was covered with a blanket on the outside of the apex of the bend. The cops were inspecting the trucks left hand driving wheels outside the fencing place.
Gives you a really nasty feeling
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Postby Oli on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:40pm

Oh, man. This is not right... :(
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Postby sifter on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:42pm

Two deaths in one day?! :cry:
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Postby yakuza on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:42pm

Far that sucks, something needs to be done for our safety
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Postby psychavoc on Thu 19/Jun/08 7:43pm

Oh no :( He was in critical condition before and I was hoping he'd make it. Condolences to his friends and family also.
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Postby Joel on Thu 19/Jun/08 8:06pm

stuff updated and saying the cyclist is dead :( RIP

thingone is right.. this is way out of control. they will spend huge money on national speed campaigns etc. but where is the money being spent to help keep cyclists safe. As the worst thing about all of this, the cyclist is not speeding or drinking or overtaking, it's driver (driven or parked car) lack of attention.


i honestly struggling to comprehend two deaths in one day.




fuck
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Postby sifter on Thu 19/Jun/08 8:11pm

I can only hope this inattentive driving (at best) is fully condemned in tomorrows Dominion from well up high: police, council, government etc. Like you Joel (and others), I cannot believe this... :(
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Postby ThingOne on Thu 19/Jun/08 8:14pm

We really need to start making some noise about this issue, in govt and the LTSA.

RIP Dude.. I can only hope some good will come out of this absolute tragedy.
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Postby Joel on Thu 19/Jun/08 8:18pm

i just fired off an email to LTSA, thanks for the address thingone.


everyone posting or lurking, please do the same.
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Postby hickie on Thu 19/Jun/08 8:19pm

All I've got to say is move in to the middle, don't let the bastards even try to get past at intersections or sharp corners, they can wait, it won't fucking kill them...
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Postby sifter on Thu 19/Jun/08 8:19pm

I just called CAN's media liaison guy. They are putting out a press release tomorrow morning, despite the awkwardnesses of "capitalising" on tragedy.
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