A Wellington businessman who has declared "open season" on
cyclists has outraged cycling advocates who say his comments
are frightening and dangerous.
David Ware, managing director of publicly listed mobile radio
company TeamTalk, wrote an editorial in the latest company
newsletter railing against cyclists.
He calls them "sodding road vermin", "roadkill", "weasels in
Lycra", and said "it's time to declare open season".
"More than anything it's their unbridled arrogance that gets
up my nose.
"Unlike the rest of us they don't pay road user charges or
extra ACC premiums. But in spite of being guests on our roads
they think they have some god given right to ride wherever
they bloody-well please, whenever they please."
However, Mr Ware said he had just bought a bike and would let
readers know how he went.
The editor of cyclingnz.com Tim Pawson said the article was
"distressing and appalling".
He said it was frightening to see such anger in the
"I would think that if someone out there of a similar mindset
to him took that on board and decided to be a smart alec when
passing a cyclist by passing too close or speeding up when
one is turning and the inevitable happens and someone gets
killed, well, he should be made responsible for prompting the
"He's actually calling on people to use their motor vehicles
The editor of the Road Cycling NZ magazine Glenn Te Raki said
the editorial was "almost a joke".
"Bike riders pay their road taxes in various forms, and it's
people with this low mentality that scare us vulnerable bike
He said Mr Ware was declaring "war" on cyclists.
Mr Ware was unavailable for comment today.
Last week Wellington Coroner Ian Smith made a number of
recommendations for cyclist safety in his inquest into the
death of top police officer Superintendent Stephen
Mr Fitzgerald was killed while he was biking to his
Eastbourne home and a truck clipped him on the Petone
Among his recommendations, Coroner Smith urged the Minister
of Transport to make it compulsory for cyclists to wear
high-visibility gear and for the road rules to change so cars
would need to be a metre from bikes when passing them.