Manukau Courier : February 1st 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 1, 2011 NEWS Motorbike safety is a top priority By NICOLA WILLIAMS Visibility key: Road police constables Phillip Toms, left, and Greg Falloon are working to prevent motorcyclist deaths. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS ' It tends to be older guys that come across as thinking they are bulletproof ... You definitely get seen a lot quicker wearing a yellow vest. ' Constable Phillip Toms The stakes are a lot higher when you're on a bike. Just ask road police con- stables Phillip Toms and Greg Falloon who spend their working day on motorcycles. The Road Crime Unit members are trying to keep the motorcycle toll down. Unit staff are stopping motorcyclists as part of an education campaign called Operation Lookout. The joint venture is being run with the Auckland Coun- cil and the Accident Compen- sation Corporation. Police are handing out packs with safety DVDs, brochures and high visibility vests. Most people are interested in safety so they have a chat and ask questions about rules of the road,'' Mr Toms says. Mr Falloon says police don't just want to be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff''. If offences have been com- mitted they are dealt with but it's more about education and safety,'' he says. Mr Toms says police get a mixed reception from riders. Most are taking the vest and putting it on straight away but I've noticed it tends to be older guys who come across as thinking they are bulletproof and that they don't need to be told what to wear because they have been riding for years. You defi- nitely get seen a lot quicker wearing a yellow vest.'' He says the operation is being run at a busy time of year for recreational bikers. Mr Falloon says it is vital for riders to wear clothing that allows them to be well protected. Nationally 217 motor- cyclists were killed from 2005 to 2009. The Counties Manukau Serious Crash Unit attended 14 crashes where motor- cyclists were killed or seriously injured in 2009. The unit attended 11 similar crashes in 2010. Go to www.rideforever.co.nz for more safety tips. Len Brown hopes to cut emissions in a greener city Cutting Auckland's carbon emissions and using solar energy are top of mayor Len Brown's agenda to make the city eco-friendly. Council staff are being asked to evaluate setting an aspirational target'' of a 40 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2025. They are also looking into opportunities for Auckland to use solar energy for water heating and power. Mr Brown says a low car- bon future'' is fundamental to making Auckland the world's most liveable city. The challenge is to move from a high energy-use, wasteful society to an Auck- land that saves energy and resources and reduces waste'', he says. Other initiatives to buff up Auckland's eco-credentials include an organic waste col- lection and recycling wheelie bins for residents in Papa- kura and Rodney. The mayor's also looking at extending the Daylighting and Twin Streams pro- grammes. Opening up piped streams under the Daylighting pro- gramme improves storm- water quality, reduces flood- ing and provides usable recreational open space on the banks And under Project Twin Streams residents and community groups replant stream banks with native trees and shrubs to help pre- vent erosion and filter toxins from entering the water- ways.
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