Spot on Heather, all is forgiven

Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper is upsetting road maggots with her column:

Finally!

Someone’s seen the light!

Cycling is not the future for New Zealand!

Auckland Council has made the bold, bold move to slash its budget for cycling projects from $65 million over the next two years to only $6.5 million.

That’s 90 per cent.

About time and it’s about time that Wellington did the same thing.

Cycling is not going to catch on in New Zealand, at least not enough to justify that kind of spending.

It might catch on in Hastings, or Palmerston North, or Christchurch, but cycling is of no use for man or beast in Wellington or Auckland.

I’ll tell you what might have taught Auckland its lesson on cycling.

It’s that big pink cycleway that runs into the city, you know the new one that used to be a motorway offramp and then got turned into a cycleway.

Well, that thing is barely ever used.

I used to walk past it regularly on my way to and from university and, honestly, I would be surprised if there was one person on it, one person.

How much did it cost?

$18 million.

Waste of money.

A total waste of money.

So why don’t we, here in Wellington, just admit the truthwe’re about to spend money just like that and just like that barely anyone will use it.

We’re going to rip up Oriental Parade, rip up Island Bay all over again, create some cycleways, and then in twenty years, we’ll finally admit it was a failed experiment and a waste of money and we’ll rip it up again and turn it into something more useful, like electric car charging parks or, I dunno, a road lane.

New Zealanders just don’t cycle. Stop trying to make it happen Wellington!

I mean how many people do you see on their bikes every day?Do those few cyclists justify that huge spending on cycleways? And if you cycle, do you really think that the rest of the city should pay for your hobby? Are you actually managing to convince your friends to join you on the big bike ride to work or do you they: A. Think it’s a silly idea and B. Think it’s too dangerous anyway?

Spot on Heather. All is forgiven.

Cycling, like climate change is all based on a lie…that is lots of people are cycling. They aren’t, but the way the road maggots count up cyclists makes it sound like there are huge numbers.

Patrick Morgan is a road maggot advocate, and that is just a bald faced lie that 300,000 people biked on Auckland’s Quay Street. He is saying that one fifth of Auckland population biked along Quay Street. Bullshit they did. It’s more like what I said. A very small bunch of wankers who want the rest of the city to pay for their hobby.

 

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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