Christchurch cyclists not convinced 30kmh is the answer video

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Research shows that crashes at speeds of more than 40kmh have a much higher risk of killing or injuring someone.

Not all cyclists are convinced lowering speed limits around Christchurch from 50kmh to 30kmh will improve rider safety.

Dr Glen Koorey, a senior lecturer in transport engineering at the University of Canterbury, believes the city's roads would be safer if the slower speed zones that apply outside many schools were applied in other parts of Christchurch too.

A 30kmh speed limit is planned in the core of the central city, but Koorey believes such a limit should also apply around busy suburban shopping centres, outside all schools, and in residential areas where traffic calming measures have already been introduced.

Andy Burson says the speed of vehicles is the least of his worries when out cycling.
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Andy Burson says the speed of vehicles is the least of his worries when out cycling.

Keen cyclist Andy Burson said lowering the speed limit for vehicles was not the answer.

"Speed is at the bottom of my priority list."

Burson said there were greater risks for cyclists such as car doors opening on them, or busy intersections.

Yiwen Youn says he gets nervous when he is cycling in narrow cycle lanes.
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Yiwen Youn says he gets nervous when he is cycling in narrow cycle lanes.

"You just have to assume that no one can see you," he said. 

Some cyclists are supportive of the idea, like Yiwen Yan, who was on his way to the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology on Tuesday morning. 

"It would be a good thing for speed to be reduced . . . sometimes it makes me really nervous."

Pedestrian and cyclist crashes in Christchurch from 2010 to 2015 (six fatalities on the edge of the city are not shown).

Pedestrian and cyclist crashes in Christchurch from 2010 to 2015 (six fatalities on the edge of the city are not shown).

Yan said the cycling lanes around the city were quite narrow and it could be unnerving at times to have cars whiz past at 50kmh.

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Ricky Cunningham said he supported the idea of reducing speed at peak times, like what was in place at schools. 

He said he did not think it was a good idea to permanently reduce speed limits at crash hot spots because it would be frustrating for drivers. 

"Otherwise it's going to be slow . . . I can stop pretty quickly at 50kmh but if there's good reason to that's fine."

Gayle Shakespeare agreed and said she supported the speed reduction already in place around schools, but would not like to see it everywhere.

"Not on all roads, I would get impatient." 

Of the more than 1500 people who voted on a Stuff poll on the issue, 45 per cent supported a 30kmh speed limit on busy streets, while 55 per cent did not. 

 - Stuff

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