Dutchman Rob flies no more
By ROXANNE MILLAR
HIS friends once called him the Flying Dutchman as he hit top speeds around New Zealand's flat roads of 50kph on his bicycle.
But Nunderi man Rob Hare refuses to ride anymore because of a lack of cycleways on Tweed roads.
Born in Holland, Mr Hare feels Australia should follow the land of windmills and build more cycleways to pro- tect riders.
Speaking out after two recent cycling accidents on Tweed roads, he said Holland had found out the hard way how important cycleways were.
"It is overrun by bicycles over there, but they have it down to a fine art with the cycle tracks everywhere you go," he said.
"The police are everywhere - in Holland you would get fined if you were riding on the road with the traffic, not that you would it is too dangerous ?.?.?.?people who ride on the road are asking for trouble." Mr Hare was once an avid bike rider but said he gave it up because of a lack of cycleways to separate him from traffic on local roads.
These days he gets around on a motorised scooter that gives him some confidence on busy local roads.