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Cyclists Call for Ceasefire
3 Feb, 2010 - CAN

Cycling advocates are calling for a ceasefire in the latest skirmish between some drivers and cyclists.

A Christchurch businessman has today issued a statement, apologising for his online remarks in which he said he wanted to "nail" cyclists with his Hummer.

Cycling is a great way to get around, and a sport enjoyed by more than a million New Zealanders says Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) Chair, Bevan Woodward.

Mr Woodward says, "We all win when cyclists and motorists share the road with care. Every person on a bike means there are fewer cars on the road. More bikes means less congestion."

CAN is thrilled to see the latest "Code for Cyclists" produced by New Zealand Transport Agency. "The Code legitimises cyclists as valid road users at a time when there has been considerable mud-slinging between parties."

"An increase in everyday cycling instead of driving for short trips, reduces accidents, increases health, vitality and well-being and reduces future roading and health costs.

"If only three people in every 100 took up cycling instead of driving, New Zealand would save more than 1 billion dollars per year."

Code for Cyclists: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/index.html

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