Cyclists’ close call leads to public plea

PHOTO: Emma Hillier
STAYING SAFE: Cyclists including (from left) Veronica Tyler, Bruce Tyler, Jackie Hobbs, John Myles and Michelle Armstrong, do their best to be seen and urge drivers to be on the lookout. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

A FRIGHTENING close-call has prompted local riders to speak out and remind drivers to look for cyclists as well as cars on local roads, especially in the early morning rush-hour period.

A group of four cyclists, all wearing brightly coloured clothing and with flashing lights on their bicycles, were riding northward past the high school on Edwards Street around 6.30am last week when they saw a car heading down Phillipson Street toward the intersection.

Cyclist Michelle Armstrong said the group realised the driver was not looking properly and not making eye contact, appearing to instead look past them as he proceeded straight through the intersection.

“Luckily we saw he wasn’t going to stop and we just went in all directions,” she said.

“It was then he saw us and slammed on the brakes – he would have got the shock of his life, nearly hitting four cyclists – I hope the experience will make him a better driver.”

Ms Armstrong said that particular intersection is busy and frequented by lots of cyclists, including commuters, recreational riders and school children, particularly in the morning and afternoon peak hours.

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