Black spot under study

Kapiti Police will meet with the Kapiti Coast District Council today about improving safety on Ruapehu St where two motorcyclists died last year, and another was lucky to avoid serious injury on Tuesday night.

Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan said a 45-year-old Kapiti man lost control of his bike at about 8pm at the top of Ruapehu St, near Valley Rd, crashing into a concrete and brick pillar. The man was lucky to escape serious injury, he said.

Two motorcyclists died in separate crashes on the same stretch of road last year, and a car went through a fence in the same area over the weekend.

Mr Macmillan said the road is proving a problem with people speeding and often losing control.

"I've got a meeting with the Kapiti Coast transport safety coordinator Jane Pearson tomorrow, and that's one of the topics we'll be discussing," he said.

"Absolutely, it is all speed related . . . but there is something about that road.

"I often play golf up at the valley, and the cars absolutely roar, and motorbikes, down that stretch of road."

He said short of putting a permanent car up on Ruapehu St and Valley Rd, police and council need to get the message across to people to slow down.

"As the saying goes, speed that thrills, quite often kills."

Kapiti Observer