A cyclist's view of bad driving

Last updated 13:12 26/11/2012

Related Links

Drive-test rules too tough - teen Bad driving - caught in the act

Relevant offers

Stuff Nation

Top five reader comments of the day Is Auckland's franchise singing the Blues? An idea to 'change our society for good' You don't have to live like a student to save This is how we can make our roads safer Are your pets bessie mates? Preparation over skill gives ABs the edge Giving an animal in need new life From hand to mouth to homeowner Imagining the tension filling the night sky

Further to the story, 'Bad driving - caught in the act', I too have resorted to using a helmet camera.

I am a cyclist who regularly commutes between Rangiora and Christchurch.

I resorted to the helmet a couple of years ago due to the regular nature of inconsiderate driving putting my life at risk.

From a cyclist's perspective, I have come to the realisation that:

(a) Too many drivers have absolutely no appreciation of what it is like to be a cyclist. The road code states a recommended passing gap of 1.5 metres. While this may not always be possible, too many drivers make little or no effort to maximise the gap when passing.

(b) Drivers are conditioned to look for moving vehicles and so a cursory glance is all they take, with the thought that they will see large moving things. The result, they don't see a cyclist, or they see the cyclist but don't take sufficient time to evaluate the speed at which the cyclist is travelling.

I had my first collision earlier this year when I driver pulled out at an intersection in front of me. Thankfully, I was uninjured but I needed a replacement front wheel. Ironically it cost up to $2000 to repair the panels on the van. This accident has had a lasting effect on my riding confidence and now I am quite paranoid at intersections.

The other aspect I have noted is the number of people running red lights - it is appalling how many people are in such a rush that they are happy to break the law for their own selfish benefit.

My motto: slow down, relax, enjoy some music and get there safely, albeit one or two minutes later.

View all contributions
Ad Feedback


Special offers
Opinion poll

Which reader's plan would you support?

Arturo Pelayo - Community uses for vacant lots

Nick Teulon - Incentives to swap cars for bikes

Bruce Roberts - Educational support for Pasifika children

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content