On yer bike? No, that’s to be hostile to motorists – it’s better to go walking instead

June 18, 2015
Here's a good reason for sticking to the motor car.

Here’s a good reason for sticking to the motor car.

Alf thinks the merits of the motor car are easily demonstrated.

First, greenies  are fond of bicycling and disparaging of vehicles that emit greenhouse gases without explaining the miracle by which cyclists don’t emit such gases.

Second, he has seen Trevor Mallard on a bike and it is not a pretty sight.

Accordingly Alf has no urge to sympathise with  Alex Mann, the bloke whose champions say made a legitimate choice when he decided to travel by bicycle on the day a police officer fined him for impeding traffic.

As one of his defenders has argued: 

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New speed cameras mightn’t trim road toll – but think about the revenue raising

January 9, 2012


Alf likes to think his superior motoring skills entitle him to break the country’s speed limits, but that everybody else on the roads should comply with the law.

Hence he is delighted to learn the authorities are considering introducing point-to-point (P2P) cameras, to deal to every other tosser on the roads.

These devices can calculate how fast a vehicle is travelling over a prolonged distance, whereas the existing speed cameras can detect a vehicle’s speed only at a certain spot.

They are already used in parts of Australia and across the United Kingdom and Europe.

As Alf understands it, the system works by using two cameras to record images of all vehicles as they enter and exit a pre-determined stretch of road.

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Oh dear, it looks like a pedestrian has become the first road victim of the new year

January 1, 2012

Alf takes no pleasure in recalling the warning he sounded just two days under the heading New Year booze warning: the first steps you take in 2012 could be your last

He was reiterating a warning being sounded in the US about January 1 being the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.

And he cited a post reporting on work by an American economist, Steve Levitt, who compared the risk of drunk walking with drunk driving and found that the former can potentially pose a greater risk.

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Crossing had “stop” signs but fault is found with KiwiRail in the aftermath of another accident

January 13, 2011

You can ignore the information ... but don't blame KiwiRail if you come off second best in an encounter with a train.

Perhaps it comes from living in the shadow of Mt Egmont.

Whatever the reason, the buggers in that neck of the woods have a somewhat exaggerated notion of “black spot”.

Or – another strong possibility – the feverish Fairfax scribes have engaged in a beat-up in saying that a woman was killed yesterday at a notorious railway crossing that Stratford residents have been imploring authorities to fix for nearly 20 years.

Yesterday’s fatal crash at Stratford’s black spot – the Flint Rd railway crossing – was a grim reminder that nothing has changed since the last fatality there in 1992.

What was that again?

Oh, yes. The previous fatality on this “black spot” was way, way back in 1992.

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On your bike, Mr Hague – there are some things the government (even a great one) can not prevent

November 17, 2010

Cyclists go down ... and not a car in sight.

Alf could see it coming – the Green Party is calling on the Government to do something to keep cyclists safe.

This overlooks the obvious reality that cyclists could keep themselves safe by selling their bikes and buying cars.

Then, of course, they must learn to keep their cars on the correct side of the road or be somewhere else when some lunatic drives over on to the wrong side of the road.

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