The Base: Against cyclists?
The NZ Herald has taken up a story on Green Party Candidate, Max Coyle’s attempt at shaming The Base Shopping Centre and Tainui after he was approached by The Base’s Security while cycling on a footpath within the shopping complex.
Mr Coyle has posted on YouTube (below) a video of him being approached by security, who told him bicycles are not allowed on the footpath at The Base. After Mr. Coyle pushed the men further, one said that bicycles were not allowed at The Base, where the video then stops.
This does disturb me slightly. Firstly, Mr. Coyle was riding his bike on the foothpath. If Mr. Coyle was riding on the footpath on the road, it would be illegal, and I question why it would be assumed that he would be allowed to ride the bicycle on the footpath within The Base. Secondly, The Base is private property. The owners have every right to stop access to the property at any time. Mr Coyle pushes the point that there was no signage, but why would signage be necessary. It’s private property. If I went to Max’s house when there was a lot of people and start cycling around these people, he would have every right to tell me to stop, whether there are signs up or not. Why should this be any different? It is dangerous to cycle on footpaths and therefore they have every right to stop him from cycling there, and I applaud them for doing so.
Here’s the video that has caused the debate. Make up your own mind, and let me know in the comments!