30 May 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on the taser tragedy, emission-free city centres and free-wheeling scooters

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Beam and Neuron e-scooters are speed-limited, but privately owned scooters are a different story. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The Hoot podcast is here with Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs, talking about the week’s big news stories from Canberra and the Capital region, and there’s none sadder than the tasering incident at Cooma.

Ninety-five-year-old Clare Nowland died on Wednesday night (24 May) after being tasered at Yallambee Lodge a week earlier.

Senior Constable Kristian White has been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

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READ ALSO Clare Nowland dies peacefully in Cooma Hospital, police say

Beyond the facts of the story, which are yet to be determined, are there further questions about safety training, common sense and staffing issues at regional aged care centres?

Speaking of common sense, the suggestion that Canberra’s city centre could be emissions-free within the next five years has stirred vigorous debate. A number of European cities have implemented congestion charges over the past decade, including London. Does Canberra have much in common with them? Ross weighs in as a recent resident, Thames-side.

READ ALSO Labor MLA rejects claims petrol and diesel-free zone in Canberra is ‘discriminatory’

But if you’re looking for alternatives to the car, why not venture across Canberra on an electric scooter?

You might well believe that if you have a distance to travel, they would be too slow to be a practical alternative and suited to little other than gently puttering along city streets.

But that’s not what happened recently when ACT Police were startled at the speeds reached by a local gentleman. And what was his excuse for setting the land speed record for a Canberra bike path? Listen to the Hoot and find out!

READ ALSO Video shows e-scooter rider driving at nearly 100 km/h on highway during police chase

The Hoot appears every week on Riotact and wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify. Have a listen, tell us what you think and rate us.

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