Be Safe Be Seen pit stops, where free hi-vis gear will be handed out to cyclists, walkers and runners, will be popping up across Hastings and Napier for a week from June 13.
While many cyclists are well aware of the need to “lighten up”, with properly fitted lights and high-visibility vests or other reflective gear, a good number are not and run the risk of being in or causing a car crash.
“Some cyclists, walkers and runners don’t realise that if they don’t have lights or reflective gear they’re practically invisible in the early evenings and mornings, especially during winter,” says keen cyclist and Hastings deputy mayor Cynthia Bowers.
Since 2013 Hastings District Council has run the winter cycling safety campaign as part of its iWay programme. Last year Napier City Council teamed up with Hastings to get the message out across both areas. This year the two councils are including walkers and runners in their campaign, to highlight that they also need to be seen to be safe.
This year the campaign will run from June 13 to June 17. Over five evenings and on one early morning from June 13 to 17 teams will be out in Napier and Hastings cities at different locations. Cyclists without lights will be offered front and back lights for their bikes and walkers and runners not wearing any reflective gear will be offered high visibility vests and/or snap bands for their wrists or ankles.
The campaign is supported by Sport Hawke’s Bay, Understanding Strengthening Overcoming (USO),Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga New Zealand Police, with all the organisations planning on having staff at the pit stops to help hand out the Be Safe Be Seen high visibility gear.
“We are focussed on making sure our people are safe, and being hard to see on the roads in the half-light can be very risky. You might feel as if you can be seen by drivers but chances are you can’t; and it is too late once the worst has happened,” said Mrs Bowers.
“What we want is for people to take this gear that we are going to give them and wear it every time they are out and there is a risk they can’t be seen.”
Monday, June 13, 5pm to 6pm
Hastings: York Road (before the roundabout)
Napier: Taradade Road by Dance Express
Tuesday, June 14, 5pm to 6pm
Hastings: Corner of Havelock Road and St Georges Rd
Napier: Corner of Riverbend Rd and Latham St
Wednesday, June 15, 6am to 7am
Hastings: Whakatu Pathway
Napier: Corner Riverbend Rd and Kennedy Rd
Wednesday, June 15, 5pm to 6pm
Hastings: Heretaunga St at Rush Monro’s
Napier: Kennedy Rd by Anderson Park
Thursday, June 16, 5pm to 6pm
Hastings: Omahu Road
Napier: Tarade Rd by Streetwise Coffee Cart
Friday, June 17, 5pm to 6pm
Hastings: Clive/Whakatu Pathway
Napier: Kennedy Rd by Nelson Park School
4 October 2017
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