Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Scooter Obstruction

I think it is our State of Victoria responsible for being out of step with every other state in our nation. We allow motorbikes and motor scooters to be parked on footpaths.

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?

18 comments:

  1. Completely agreed! I loved Bob Newhart!!! Annster's Domain

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    1. Annsterw, his timing was impeccable.

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  2. Absurd and more than a little dangerous. Love that Newhart quote too.

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    1. EC, you can see the skit on You Tube. I think I published it once.

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  3. How stupid to permit that! Just wait till some falls over and hurts themselves, then it will be a different story.

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    1. Margaret, yes, it is quite absurd.

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  4. That's totally silly, where will people walk? They should allocate parking spots for motorbikes in all main roads.

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    1. Sami, I think that is underway. Everyone knows it is a problem.

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  5. I see that one of them also doubles as a makeshift dustbin; can't be bad.

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    1. Cro, I'd rather make the scooters litter in the gutter. I wish I was brave enough to push them over.

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    2. Like dominoes (*~*)

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  6. it is absurd and should be stopped immediately. Bikes and scooters here are parked the same as cars, nose into the gutter, side by side. I've shown a few before, with photos of rows of bikes, on my blog.

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    1. River, it is a very strange thing that such footpath parking is allowed here. It should be as you describe.

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  7. Yes, yes it is!
    Our town decided that since motorbikes were taking up normal parking spaces they would take two spaces and make that a place for bikes to park together. I cannot tell you how many of the bikers park their grand Harley Davidson's full length in the space! Ugh. Worst of all, they gave them a Prime Space outside our Post Office.

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    1. Maribeth, at least the parking battle is between motor vehicles and not motor bikes and pedestrians.

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  8. Silly. Its always one thing or another.

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  9. I touched on this subject in my March 15th post Andrew, have a look ✨

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