A great read, thank you, David.
I treat Paul as much as possible like I’d treat anyone. I demand the same care from him as I would demand from anyone else.
And thank you for this jewel. A reminder and a challenge for me.
I wonder if you escaped the fine because you admitted that it was a fair cop.
I ride a "ladies" bike, not because I am a lady (I'm not), but because I find it easy to get off and on, and to ride it a bit like a scooter (mostly off the bike, bike on my right side, left foot on the pedal, right foot slightly behind and on the ground. 'Though I hardly ever do that. Mostly if I get to a busy intersection where I don't fancy jousting with cars and trucks, I get off and walk my bike over the road. But it's easy enough for me to do that: I have only one very busy intersection to negotiate on my way home.
It’s hard work getting a bicycle going again from a full stop, and it’s my work not the un-work of a tank full of petroleum pixies.
Really? I don't find it so, especially if I have one foot on the ground, and the other on the pedal with the pedal at top and just to the front right ready for a strong push-off. And it's just what comes with the territory when I choose to ride my bike, just as paying over $2 per litre for petrol is what comes with the territory when I choose to drive my car.
I think Christopher Dempsey has got a point when it comes to safety, and there are clearly times when in order to stay alive, a cyclist has to break the road code. Cycling through the top of a t-intersection on a red light doesn't strike me as one of them, 'though I'm sure that there have been particular occasions when safety demands it. Likewise with turning left through a red light.
I know that as a driver, I get a shock when I am driving through an intersection, on a green, and suddenly a cyclist pops up, unexpectedly because *I* am the one with the green, not the cyclist.
As a cyclist, I stick to the road code, unless immediate safety needs dictate otherwise, because then other road users have a much better chance of predicting what I will do. That's also why I indicate when I'm cycling - big clear hand signals that I maintain for as long as possible, so that other road users have a good understanding of where I intend to go and they can react accordingly.
So... the road code doesn't apply to cyclists?
You should all come and live in Palmerston North, where there are cycle lanes everywhere, and a physically separate lane for the busiest route out to the university where the speed limit is 70k, and lots of cyclists, so there's good awareness.
Kathryn Ryan took Prosser to task on the ‘all terrorists are Muslims’ line on Nine to Noon. It’s worth listening to the whole thing.
(Edited to fix goof-up where I said it was on Morning Report. Thanks for catching it, Sacha.)
'though while we talking about the current round of Muslim-bashing, it's also worth reading what anjum has to say about it.
we go through this once every 6 months or so. if it's not women wearing burqa's banned from buses, it's cartoons, it's various politicians or authors. some little spark and "we" get to have "the debate" all over again as to whether muslims are good or bad, happy or sad. leaders of political parties get to have their faces in the news and posture about inclusiveness and to express OUTRAGE at such terrible remarks. let's see how many political points we can score on the back of this current incident.
frankly, i'm sick of these conversations and i'm sick being used as a political tool. and that is exactly what happened in this case.
Of course, the alternative disconnected-from-reality discourse is that Shearer is a lovely man who is an excellent leader and any stumble he makes is all the fault of that wicked David Cunliffe...
@Paul Williams.... :-) Contemplating what I might do.