Canberra’s love affair with e-scooters appears to be over, according to this week’s poll.
European cities, including Paris, are considering banning the short-trip vehicles, and plenty of comments indicated that Canberrans share the irritation over everything from irresponsible riding to helmets and scooters strewn over footpaths.
Capital Retro described them as “more invasive than cane toads – and uglier”.
TJ spoke for many with this comment: “As a cyclist, I have had so many close calls with inexperienced scooter riders or those with no situational awareness riding these pay-as-you-go public scooters in Canberra.
“Often they are swerving all over the bike paths and lanes with the riders wearing headphones (and as such no helmet!) so they are completely oblivious to other uses of the paths. Having to dodge abandoned scooters that are left lying on the ground is also dangerous as it often requires a cyclist to move off the path or onto the road.”
Not everyone agreed.
Michael Collins wrote: “I’d love to hear the same people complain as much about cars. If they did, we’d have much safer streets, better environmental standards and more car-free areas. But no, a device that emits no pollution and only goes as fast as a bike gets all the blame”.
We asked Are you over e-scooters? A total of 1164 readers voted.
Your choices were to vote No, they’re fun, fast and fabulous. This received 29 per cent of the total, or 342 votes. Alternatively, you could vote Yes, they’re an annoying menace and I’m sick to death of them. This received 71 per cent of the total, or 822 votes.
This week, we’re wondering how you feel about apartment buildings that don’t have parking spaces.
Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has acknowledged that developers have already begun reducing, or at least trying to reduce, the number of parking spaces they have to provide based on the site’s proximity to public transport. For some, the argument will be made that access to light rail will reduce demand.
This will mean reduced costs for developers who may not have to build expensive basement car parks, resulting in more affordable apartments and more choice for home buyers. Parking spaces will also become a premium option for buyers.
Argument raged among readers about the wisdom of this planning direction.
Earthdog wrote: “Mr Gentleman says that the ACT is preparing for a time when the public transport system is so good that some people will not need a car. This century is it, Mick?”
But Julian Sortland asked: “Why not make the sale or rental of the unit and the parking spots separate? I think my grandmother had the option of also buying either undercover or outdoor parking when she bought in Manly in about 1969.”
And Rosalind Turner had a challenge for the Minister. She wrote: “Does Mick Gentleman take public transport everywhere? I dare him to try it for a month to try to get to all of his appointments … making sure some are in West Belconnen and South Tuggeranong, and then let’s see how much he supports the removal of cars then!”
Our poll question for this week is: