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Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:01 pm



As I understand it this incident was reported to the New Zealand Police. The response from the C.M. Cooney, Acting Sergeant E961, Traffic Investigation Unit, Ponsonby Community Policing Centre

In a letter from New Zealand Police dated 21st Jan 2013:

Re: Complaint, Titirangi Road
File No. 121115/4130
Dear Sir
The above file has been assessed by this office.
Once again, due to the minor nature of the incident, the fact that you were not knocked off your bicycle and as you were failing to keep left. Police will be taking no further action.
As I have stated repeatedly, unless you are knocked off your bicycle and therefore the victim of a true collision,this type of complaint will simply continue to be filed.
In continuing to make this type of complaint, you are not only wasting your time, more importantly you are wasting Police time.
This matter has been filed.
Yours faithfully
C.M. Cooney
Acting Sergeant E961
Traffic Investigation Unit
Ponsonby Community Policing Centre
Safer Communities Together


Clearly he has interesting ideas on what safer communities are :roll:

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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby il padrone » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:28 pm

Yikes!!! You'd barely skim a tram ticket between the car and the cyclist :roll:

Do the Unzudders have a different rule on keeping left? Multi-lane road means you are entitled to use the lane as required, and may move into another lane eg. for turning right etc. Under Australian road rules.
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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:31 pm

il padrone wrote:Yikes!!! You'd barely skim a tram ticket between the car and the cyclist :roll:


IIRC the driver actually hit the cyclist, just didn't knock him off the bike.

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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby WestcoastPete » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:32 pm

This isn't the first I've heard of such disregard towards cyclist by the NZ Police.

I'd be interested in keeping left rule as well...
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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby il padrone » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:40 pm

Aushiker wrote:
il padrone wrote:Yikes!!! You'd barely skim a tram ticket between the car and the cyclist :roll:


IIRC the driver actually hit the cyclist, just didn't knock him off the bike.

In which case I'd forget about any traffic charges and simply demand a vehicular assault charge. Patently obvious that driver acted with intent :x

When will the coppers realise that letting these hoons off with a tap on the wrist just encourages woeful driving skills and arrogant or even abusive behaviour to cyclists. The Germans and Dutch coppers have it right - try that one on as a driver in Europe and see what response the coppers would give you :roll: :P
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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:45 pm

WestcoastPete wrote:This isn't the first I've heard of such disregard towards cyclist by the NZ Police.

I'd be interested in keeping left rule as well...


Did a quick Google and came up with this ...

Cyclists may ride away from the kerb or occupy a lane – not because they want to annoy drivers, but to:
avoid drains, potholes or roadside rubbish
be seen as they come up to intersections with side roads
discourage drivers from squeezing past where it's too narrow.


which is found at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadc ... lists.html and found the actual road code for cyclists. The keep left aspect is discussed at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadc ... #keep-left and sounds much the same as here.

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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:06 pm

Thank you Sergeant Sid Krome :roll:
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: Safer Communities - NZ Style

Postby tubby74 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:17 pm

well he is only an acting sergeant. you can't expect him to be as good as a real one
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