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Speedsters ignore riders
By MAT KERMEEN
SAFE BRIGHT: Horse riders using Burnham School Rd are wearing appropriate high visibility reflective clothing but say they are
still not being seen by many motorists.
HORSE RIDERS from Burnham
School Road are concerned an
increase in high speed traffic is going
to end in tragedy if drivers are not
A group of residents who enjoy a
regular trot down the rural road on
horseback are now questioning if
their daily outing is still safe.
Several near misses recently have
led to the group laying a complaint
One resident, Linda -- who did not
want to give her last name for fear of
reprisals -- believed part of the prob-
lem was drivers simply not looking
to see if anyone or anything was on
the side of the road.
She said riders have been well
covered in reflective gear because
the roadside is often in shade due to
A longtime resident, Linda said
traffic had increased in recent years
and believed urban drivers who had
moved into the region were not used
to looking out for hazards on country
roads such as horses.
We don't have parks or reserves
out here, this is what we do.''
Joggers and walkers have all
experienced similar problems in
I don't think they (drivers) get it.
They are just in their own little
Selwyn District Council road
safety co-ordinator Ngaire Tinning
said drivers should always be aware
that there may be pedestrians, jog-
gers, cyclists and horse riders out on
Selwyn roads and roadsides.
Drivers should reduce speed when
approaching cyclists, pedestrians
and horse riders and always ensure
there is enough clear road to pass.
Ms Tinning had not heard of
urban drivers failing to adjust to the
It doesn't matter what road you
are driving on, drivers need to watch
what's on the side of the road.''
She urged all drivers on rural
roads -- especially Burnham School
Rd -- to be hyper-vigilant in looking
for residents using the verge.
Linda said riders are doing all
We are on the side of the road
with reflective gear on, what else can
She said increased building work
and a playcentre at the end of the
road had contributed to the
increased traffic, but she praised
the centre for the proactive work it
had done to educate drivers.
Residents warned that some
drivers are just plain ignorant''.
They said more needed to be done
to avoid a fatality.
We've got a six year old riding
with us on a pony, anything could go
wrong. Nothing is 100 per cent with
a pony or any livestock. All it takes
is for them to get spooked . . .''
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