Dad Pedals Safety Message

Thanks to The Mercury for this post


BLAIR RICHARDS | August 18, 2013 12.01am

HOWRAH dad Peter Thurling is instilling a love of cycling in his two girls but admits the idea of them riding on the road one day makes him a little nervous.

The 35-year-old engineer commutes to work every day by bicycle but after a recent run-in with a car he’s increasingly aware of the potential dangers.

Three weeks ago Mr Thurling was knocked from his bike near Rosny College as he was on his way home from work.
“I was turning right, I had indicated and this guy decided to overtake me just as I was turning into Bastick St and he T-boned me,” he said.

Although he escaped with cuts, bruises and a damaged bike, Mr Thurling said he now added 10 minutes on to his commute to avoid the intersection.

“I always told myself if I was ever going to be in an accident on my way home it would be at that intersection. Cars come up there quite quickly,” he said. “I was back on the bike the next day but I’m a lot more nervous now.”

Mr Thurling said the Hobart area had some great bike paths for riders, but none of it was connected and there was nothing to cater for riders into the CBD.

The Tasman Bridge crossing was one of the most dangerous parts of his ride to work. While walkers and riders were courteous for one another, cages set along the walking and cycling lanes on the bridge were sometimes difficult to pass.

Mr Thurling’s oldest daughter Georgia, 5, has just learned to ride a bike without training wheels.

He hopes that one day she will have the confidence to ride to school but for now she keeps to bike paths and playgrounds.

Glad you did the Sunday Tas article Peter. It was great… such a good positive turn on a potentially negative topic. And thanks to Amy and Georgia – they are great ambassadors for bike riding!

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