High visibility gear unlikely to be compulsory for cyclists

Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald was killed while cycling in Petone in June, 2008. Photo / supplied
Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald was killed while cycling in Petone in June, 2008. Photo / supplied

It seems unlikely the Government will take up the idea of compulsory high-visibility gear for cyclists.

The recommendation was one of several made by Wellington Coroner Ian Smith after he ruled on the death of top Wellington police officer Stephen Fitzgerald, who was killed while cycling in Petone in 2008.

But the Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is in no rush to make new rules.

He said there are already many ways a cyclist can be visible.

"I'm not sure that the solution lies in arbitrarily mandating one form of reflective gear.

"My sense is that education is the better key - of both cyclists and motorists.''

- Newstalk ZB

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