It wasn't a huge problem until the advent of food delivery by motorbike and scooters that has just exploded. We haven't used any such service yet. If we want pizza, it is delivered by a lad strolling across the road from Cafe Rosco. For a burger, chicken or fish and chips, we go out and get it but it is a rare event.
But really Premier Daniel Andrews and City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, the situation is way out of hand. Our city is so busy now, with so many pedestrians and there simply is not the space to park vehicles on footpaths, aside from carefully thought out bicycle parking, and even that isn't always, as Marcus Wong informs us.
The northern side footpath of Flinders Street between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street is very busy. These scooters are a parked in what would be a very long stretch of otherwise unobstructed footpath that should be available to pedestrians.
It rather reminds me of the late American comedian Bob Newhart's conversation with 'Sir Walter Raleigh'. To paraphrase, 'Tobacco Walt, so you put dried leaves inside a roll of paper and set fire to it and inhale the smoke from the other end'.
Isn't the parking of motor scooters and motorbikes on pedestrian walkways just as absurd?