Scooter Wankers

After moving in the to city from the suburbs I’ve seriously embraced city living, to the point where I’ve even been using the Lime Scooters. Brisbane is conducting a trial of electric scooters and there are 500 of them randomly scattered in and around the CBD. A 43 year old man on an electric scooter. It’s a good look. Honest.

The scooters are a fabulous idea but I worry that the scooter wankers out there are going to ruin it for the rest of us. As is usually the case.

The problem appears to be two-fold. The first issue is that Queensland law means that you must wear a helmet, but people keep nicking the helmets. Finding a scooter with an attached helmet is completely pot-luck. The other problem is that scooter wankers are getting pissed up and riding them on their way back from a night out, scaring the shit out of pedestrians with their antics.

Queensland Police have announced that they are setting up a task force to catch the scooter wankers, which is fair enough.

Where to begin with this?

I made the mistake of looking at the comments on social media in response to the articles. The consensus seems to be mass hysteria about the inevitable deaths that will occur.

This is the problem. We can’t have nice things. A few wankers piss people off, causing people to make a mountain out of a molehill. They moan like hell on social media, so of course, local news picks up on it and hype it up even further.

Both problems are genuine concerns, but it doesn’t mean that they should be banned. Why is the immediate answer to ban everything?

With regards to helmets, one of two things need to happen. Either the Queensland Parliament need to relax the laws on helmets - perhaps accepting that an adult riding a scooter 6 inches off the ground is not the same as a child on a bicycle, or, the scooter operators need to come up with a technical solution to stop the helmets going walkabout. This will inevitably cost money and might make the whole enterprise non-viable. I have no idea, but let’s at least explore the options.

As for the scooter wankers, let’s see what happens. The whole experience is relatively new for the streets of Brisbane, so there will be many unfamiliar with the legislation, and many others who just see it as a novelty that might not last. Hopefully the safety campaign has an effect.

The Lanterns of South Bank

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Now that we live in Cleveland and I work from home, we don't get into Brisbane as much as I'd like, which means that our visits to the South Bank Parklands have become less frequent. No matter the time of year, there's always something happening and great places to relax or have some fun. Last time I was there there seemed to be these orange lanterns everywhere. Not sure if they're now a permanent fixture but if they are, they're a great addition to the parklands.

The Ever-Changing Brisbane Skyline

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Last weekend we went up to Mount Coot-tha. It's been a couple of years since I've been to the lookout so I was interested to see how the skyline might have changed. This time of year is always a good time to visit both the Botanical Gardens at Mount Coot-tha and the lookout. The smattering of purple in the foreground is the Jacaranda trees - only in bloom during the spring-time.