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'Death trap' fear in Greers Rd
Risky spot to park a car
By MAT KERMEEN
LACKING LINES: Helen Brown and Merv Dixon stand where the accident occurred, as a car heading south on Greers
Rd clearly cuts the white line where a parked car would be.
TWO CAR parks obstructing mer-
ging traffic on Greers Rd in
Bishopdale are a crash hazard,
and a death trap waiting to
snap'', residents say.
They are extremely dangerous
and the council has failed to
listen,'' one householder said.
Two weeks ago, after dozens of
alleged near-misses, the residents
said the inevitable'' happened
when a car and a truck collided as
they attempted to merge lanes.
The smaller vehicle struck a
Nobody was seriously injured,
but an elderly man in the parked
car was badly shaken.
Friends and family of adjoining
property owners are discouraged
from parking in the spaces outside
because it is considered too
After the February 2011 earth-
quake Greers Rd was realigned so
two lanes of traffic could merge
south of the Harewood Rd inter-
Council roads manager Paul
Burdon said the length of road
available for cars to merge before
the car parks was deemed
adequate at the time.
But residents Helen Brown and
Merv Dixon disagree.
The two lanes merge right
where a car park starts. Someone
is going to be hurt -- if not killed,''
Ms Brown said.
Mr Dixon said that if a car was
in the first park and a vehicle was
turning into the adjacent Eastling
St, there was no room for traffic to
negotiate between them.
Another problem was reversing
from driveways, with an increase
in cyclists on the footpath.
If they [cyclists] are too scared
to be on the road, what does that
tell you?'' another concerned resi-
Ms Brown said the parks should
be yellow lined'' immediately,
and he believes the council should
be seriously reviewing the lane
Mr Burdon the council would
investigate removing the parking
spaces, but approval from the
community board and consul-
tation with affected residents
would be required first.
Dismantled stolen bike
restored by shop owner
GOOD SAMARITAN: Daniel Malcolm
thanks Barry Bettridge of BRL Bicycle
Restoreall for his kind act.
By MAT KERMEEN
A CHRISTCHURCH bike shop
owner has come to the aid of a
Hornby teenager who was the
victim of a brazen theft at The
Barry Bettridge was reading
the Christchurch Mail on Sept-
ember 6 when he saw the story of
Daniel Malcolm's bike being
stolen from outside the mall. He
was outraged and wanted to help.
Daniel's a good young kid who
is out working, and then some
mongrel decides to take his bike.
Nobody has the right to steal
another person's property.''
In a generous offer, the owner of
Bromley business BRL Bicycle
Restoreall offered to supply
Daniel with a replacement bike if
his stolen one was not recovered.
Parts from the bike were
eventually recovered, which
Daniel handed to Mr Bettridge in
a sad state.
On Thursday, after some tender
loving care at his McGregors Road
shop, Mr Bettridge delivered the
fully repaired bike to Daniel's
home. The reluctant hero was
even hesitant to accept a box of
chocolates from Daniel, despite
supplying a loan bike for two
weeks and a rebuild that amoun-
ted to hundreds of dollars in parts
Daniel is stunned with what Mr
Bettridge has done to help out a
I'm just so thankful. I really
appreciate it, and he's done an
amazing job. It looks better now
than when it was new.''
Mr Bettridge could not afford to
supply a new replacement, but
was able to restore Daniel's bike
by donating his labour and
supplying new parts.
Restoring bikes and bringing
them back to brand new condition
is what we do, so I knew we could
help Daniel out.''
Before and after photos of the
bike when recovered by police and
the new one are on Facebook at
BRL Bicycle Restoreall.
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