Council Seeks Cyclists Views through Survey

As part of Council's "Know Your Way Around" campaign, Council is seeking cyclists' views on bike safety and the future of cycle lanes in Ashburton town.

This survey is held in partnership with Bike Wise, a national organisation that promotes bike safety.

According to the New Zealand Transport Authority, there were 36 cyclist crashes causing injury between 1998 and 2007 in Ashburton.

Council Projects Officer Aileen Campbell says this indicates a need for improved cyclist safety in the district.

"Our cycling survey will give Council insight into where cycle ways are most needed while feeding into Council's Walking and Cycling Strategy," she said.

Council Urban Contracts Engineer Hernando Marilla says "Possible routes for new cycle lanes have been recommended to Council by Council contractors and we are taking this opportunity to get our cyclists' input on cycle ways,"

"The survey will help determine high use areas and ensure that the option chosen best meets the need of our residents," said Mr Marilla.

"Cyclists will be asked to indicate where they frequently cycle, where they would like a marked cycle lane and bike racks," he said.

"By ensuring we have the right facilities in place for safe walking and cycling, we hope to promote safer cycling, a more active lifestyle and reduction in the district's carbon footprint." said Mr Marilla.

Anyone who completes the survey goes in the draw to win one of eight Avanti packs worth $150, sponsored by Bike Wise.

Learn more about the Be Bright Be Seen, Know Your Way Around campaign and take the survey

The survey is also available at all local bike retailers, and the Ashburton Public Library.

Page reviewed: 29 May 2014 4:55pm