Letter: Perhaps they were partly at fault too

Last updated 12:00 18/01/2012

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OPINION: I was saddened to read about the road-rage incident involving two American cyclists in Wellington (Jan 12).

I saw Russ Roca and Laura Crawford - recognisable by their unique cycles - riding side by side southbound on Wellington's Tory St late last week.

They were riding along the centre line in among heavy traffic as if encased in a dream-like bubble. Motorists were clearly startled and tried to avoid them.

At no time did they ride on the left-hand side of the road and as they approached a red light, Mr Roca stopped, while Ms Crawford dreamily rode through.

This display caused my passenger to exclaim that they were an accident waiting to happen.

I've never seen such a poor display of road awareness before.

I also feel embarrassed by the assault on Mr Roca, but there are laws that govern our roads and these apply to cyclists too.

I'd suggest, based on what I observed, that the pair might have been at least partly culpable for this unfortunate incident.

Perhaps they should brush up on New Zealand road rules and etiquette.

LUKE THOMPSON

Island Bay

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