Deja vu all over again

PCC has issued a press release announcing a new e-bike scheme for Tenby, Haverfordwest and Fishguard and Goodwick.

Cllr Rhys Sinnett has been appointed as front man for the project – some people will stop at nothing to get their name in the paper.

It’s all based on the false belief that there’s no such thing as bad publicity (ask Gerald Ratner).

I must admit, I didn’t have Rhys down as the Lycra-biker type, but life is full of little surprises.

Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, Cllr Rhys Sinnett is pictured with Will Davies, Council Transport Planner and one of the E-bikes.

The twelve month trial is all funded by a £150,000 grant from the Swansea Bay and South West Wales Metro programme, so it appears to come free to the county council.

However, as commenters on Pembrokeshire Council Watch are quick to point out – its all public money, or as Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously observed: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”.

Not that you can criticise this sort of thing because it is all part of the new religion (some say cult) of cutting down on our Carbon Dioxide emissions, and in the words of 1066 and all that, that is “a good thing”.

Fortunately, we live in enlightened times and heretics no longer face a fiery end at the stake.

This all reminds me of a previous cycling initiative from some 15 years ago, designed to both reduce carbon emissions and congestion at Merlins Bridge roundabout.

PCC staff, from the Llangwm, Burton and Hook area, were to leave their cars at Haverfordwest rugby club and complete their journey to county hall by bike. This it was said would reduce the number of cars using the roundabout and cut the emissions from all those engines idling away in the queue stretching all the way out to the driving range.

I did offer a bottle of £3.99 Chilean merlot to anyone who could provide photographic proof that anyone had ever taken advantage of this scheme. Sadly, I had to drink it myself.

However, my policy of never throwing anything out (you never know when it will come in useful) has again borne fruit because my picture library has yielded up the photo below of then Head of Highways, Ian Westley, and Cabinet member for Transportation, Cllr Brian Hall, which accompanied the press release trumpeting the scheme.

We must all hope this latest scheme has a better outcome – both for the planet and the biker(s).