I’ll let Eric Thompson, Motorsport reporter, of the NZ Herald talk for himself as he says bikes shouldn’t be on roads.
What an utter fool. I hereby call for Eric Thompson’s drivers license be suspended until he actually understands what the rights and responsibilities of being a motorist actually are.
Oh yeah he’s so smart and clever, and has all the answers. Look see:
“In that case, I would like to suggest a couple of other solutions:
* All pushbikes must be fitted with rear-vision mirrors – as all other vehicles on the road are required by law;
* All pushbikes must be fitted with indicators, or a similar device – as all other vehicles on the road are required by law;
* They can only ride single-file on a single-lane road unless overtaking – as all other vehicles on the road are required by law;
* Be fitted with headlights that must be on at all times – as other two-wheeled vehicles on the road are required by law;
* All bike riders must pass a road-licence test – as are all other people who venture on to public roads;
* All pushbikes must be registered and pay a road tax – as all other vehicles on the road are required by law (don’t whinge, motorcyclists have to pay for their car and their motorbike).”
Really. I myself would have thought that slowing cars down, and getting rid of drunk drivers, and making it illegal to pass a cyclist within 1.5 metres would be a better way to go about it. Really registration? Where has that old pearler ever worked? It is the Godwin’s law of road transport. What the hell is the Herald doing hiring a monkey like Eric? No wonder it’s not worth buying newspapers anymore.
Why do we spend billions of dollars on roads and motorways to facilitate the movement of idiots like Eric, and we spend peanuts on improving bicycle infrastructure in and between towns?
I also call for the end of motorsport, and Eric could then report on something more exciting like some paint drying somewhere.