They've done it again! We've highlighted previously how a picture's worth a thousand words and last night One News ran another piece on the Island Bay cycleway that came across like an accidental promo video. The angle this time was that the cycleway is somehow putting people off cycling on The Parade so it was deeply ironic that it included footage of 6 different people actually cycling along The Parade.
They couldn't be a more eclectic bunch of everyday cyclists either, unlike the group of road cyclists who were the catalyst for this latest bizarre non-story. The road cyclists are apparently guilty of doing what anybody riding a bike in Wellington is quite entitled to do which is ride to wherever they like taking whatever route they like. What on earth next? Pedestrians seen walking along Clyde Street so let's get rid of footpaths along The Parade? For those of you who are unfamiliar with Island Bay this is a map of the route the road cyclists took (in blue, click to expand the picture). They were travelling north having come around the bays from the east. The red line shows the cycleway. Honestly, it must have been a very, very slow day at One News yesterday for this to get anywhere near the bulletin (Seven Sharp must have been gutted!).
On a more serious note the way the road cyclists blast straight through the Stop sign at the Clyde Street/Mersey Street intersection is a disgrace. And if there wasn't enough irony in this story for you already there is also speculation that Brendan Bonner, who filmed the road cyclists and is a candidate for Southern Ward at the next council elections, may have been illegally using a hand-held device while driving. In the video the dashboard clearly moves in and out of the shot a couple of times indicating that the camera was not fixed to the dash. At the time of writing Mr Bonner hasn't answered questions on his candidate Facebook page about how he filmed the cyclists but of course we really hope he is not guilty of some serious, and very dangerous, hypocrisy.