One injured cyclist a week

Last updated 10:51 03/04/2014
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Stacy Squires

ONE CYCLIST INJURED A WEEK: New Zealand Transport Agency figures show 16 cyclists have been injured in road crashes in the last 14 weeks.

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A cyclist is injured every week on Christchurch roads. 

Provisional New Zealand Transport Agency figures show 16 cyclists, including student nurse Sharla Phyllis Haerewa, have been injured in a road crash so far this year.

This equates to more than one a week. 

Haerewa, 22, was the first cyclist to be killed as a result of her injuries. 

Six others were seriously injured, while nine sustained minor injuries.

Police said Haerewa was wearing a reflective cover and flashing LED light on her backpack, and had working lights at the front and rear of the cycle, when a Bidvest truck turned directly into her path at the intersection of Lincoln Rd and Domain Tce yesterday. 

She was knocked from the bike, which was dragged nearly 40 metres before coming to a stop, and died at the scene.

NZTA southern regional director Jim Harland said the agency was ''deeply saddened'' by the fatal crash.

''Our vision is that no-one should be killed or seriously injured on our roads,'' he said. 

Harland said the agency was committed to working with police, councils and other agencies to improve cycling safety. 

This included increasing safety on roads, roadsides, intersections and reducing driving speeds in urban areas.

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