Knocking Wellington's cycling mayor off her bicycle has earned a man six months off the road.
Churton Park computing professional Allan Tabilog, 38, had pleaded guilty to knocking Celia Wade-Brown off her bike by carelessly using a motor vehicle causing injury.
The mayor received bruises and a fracture to an arm and her victim impact statement to the court said she was now nervous of cars getting too close.
Tabilog had been behind her on Moorefield Rd in Johnsonville on October 27 last year and tried to pass several times on the narrow road.
When he got to the entrance to the Countdown supermarket he checked for oncoming traffic before turning in but clipped the rear wheel of Wade-Brown's bike. She narrowly avoided being run over by a taxi leaving the carpark. Tabilog had stopped and helped and had been shocked by the incident.
He had originally intended to ask for a discharge without conviction from the court but today confirmed he had withdrawn that.
Wellington District Court judge Peter Hobbs convicted him, ordered him to pay $305.24 in reparation and disqualified him from driving for six months.
The reparation would pay for the repairs to Wade-Brown's bike and for a new cycle helmet after hers was cracked in the accident.
Judge Hobbs said it was a momentary lapse for Tabilog. He has now apologised in writing to the mayor and had wanted to do so face-to-face. She did not attend a restorative justice meeting with Tabilog, instead a member of Cycle Awareness went.Tabilog has now also completed a defensive driving course.
Judge Hobbs said the incident had taken away some of Wade-Brown's enjoyment of cycling and she had been quite shaken.
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