Cycling in Melbourne Australia
For those of you that love having a coffee/eat on a break at Racer in St Kilda, just a headsup the council has approved a skatepark for directly opposite on Marine Pde. There's nowhere else around that sells drinks etc, so good luck trying to get anything once the place is overrun by skaters. There's more info and the chance to comment on the decision at the Leader newspaper site, here :
Now this sounds like a motorist hating on cyclists. Skaters are often "yoof" so, as is typical of Australians in general, they're hated for being "yoof." Surely the cyclists' favourite cafe is assured of longevity if it picks up a bit of extra business from other groups.
Be good to people on your way up because you may need them on your way back down ;-)
yep - anyone having fun on wheels without engine is OK with me; yoof or not.
"I don't see whys coloured folks gotta ride their own bus or sits down tha back o' the white folks bus. We all jus' folks, can't we just sit together?" (possibly) once said by Rosa Parkes ;-)
I'm pretty sure there are a lot of motorists sipping lattes at Racer, too, an we all jus' folks.
Possibly a little extra trade for this establishment will result, yet I fail to see the younger demographic breaking their skate session for a well earned latte or better yet decaf, soy mocca-chino. In my days on four wheels, a bottle of water and meat pie on a patch of grass, fence, park bench etc was more than enough (no doubt this bottle of water has been substituted by one of the plethora of super-sized energy drinks in the market now).
I believe this skate park development will be a great inclusion to the foreshore attracting and centralising a new dynamic in the area whilst opening up opportunities for further previously mentioned entrepreneurships. Naturally this will also require additional infrastructure for safety purposes, but overall, money well spent when regarding the surrounding families and future population rise within the St Kilda area.
I hope the skaters do get to enjoy the Cafe, plenty of room for everyone I reckon, plus the cafe might do well out of it too.
You sound like some old coot. You are happy for the kids to have somewhere to skateboard as long as it doesn't affect you. The same arguement can and is used for motorist and residents who are happy for cyclists to be able to ride just as long as it isn't infront of their house on Beach Road or on a road that they drive on.
I support anything that gives kids something constructive to do and somewhere that they can hang out. Take your NIMBY attitude elsewhere.
Maybe time for you to sip your latte elsewhere?
If I can share the road with all those evil motorists and mad white van drivers, I can share a cafe with smelly yoof & their skateboards.
The only complaint I have is that when sitting outside on a nice sunny day and cooling down a bit after a nice ride, smokers a still allowed to fume up the outside area.
Won't be long and it will be banned but I think they could be proactive and do it themselves.