Most livable city in the world, but not for road maggots

I guess Len Brown could always get them all onto his rail loop, for safety?  Marika Hill reports

Auckland is the most dangerous place in New Zealand to ride a bike, according to new research.

The data comes from one of the largest surveys of Kiwi cyclists, involving 2500 competitors in the 2006 Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge and tracking their hospital admissions and ACC injury claims over subsequent years.

The study shows Auckland cyclists were involved in 538 crashes, of which 63 per cent were on public roads.

There was one death in a collision involving a car.

This compared with 791 crashes in other regions, of which about half were on public roads.

The study found Auckland cyclists tended to take greater risks by cycling in packs, in the dark and on the city streets rather than off-road.

Combined with the risk that comes with greater traffic congestion, Auckland cyclists were 47 per cent more likely to have an accident compared with cyclists in other regions, the University of Auckland study found.

Cyclists tend to take a lot of risks, running red lights, driving over footpaths and taking all sorts of unexpected shortcuts.  

And in Auckland, they’re masters at thinking they are invincible

Woodward said Auckland cyclists were more likely to ride in packs on public roads, which is associated with more risk-taking.

The frustration that builds when the arrogant road maggots block the normal flow of traffic will also have absolutely nothing to do with additional road incidents in the region.   /Tui Ad

When trucks drive side by side at the same speed blocking traffic from passing, we consider it poor behaviour.  I don’t see why road maggots cycling 4, 5, or 5 abreast should be considered to be anything other than arrogant ratbags.

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