Without even thawing a prawn

One of the delights of living in a car city, is the absence of pedestrians or other cyclists on the protected side of the parked cars. I doubt it would be so quick bringing groceries home if we lived in some place like Holland, will all those confounding cyclists taking up space on the bike path. So when my Primrose tells me I don’t have time to be taking photos, that our prawns with thaw and poison us all when we go to eat them, and that I am retarded, I say, “relax my dear, for we live in Australia, where the footpaths are ours and ours alone.”

Now a box bike overloaded with groceries, with an eight year old on the rear rack, does gather quite some momentum, I really must tell you. Plus the sound of it trundling along does tend to make the occasional pedestrian one might encounter, jump onto the road to get clear: at least over there, the cars have some chance of braking. All for you, my dear Primrose, and for our prawns. This load of groceries just went from one end of town to the other as far any kind of vehicle could have dispatched them.

5 Comments

  1. Lukas Junker says:

    Steven,
    I am not sure if the box bike should be parked by the ordinary bike stands on the footpath, or infact should take up a proud parking spot downstairs in the parking lot? I realize it may be slightly annoying and challenging when leaving the shopping centre fully loaded, having to stop by the boom gate at the bottom of the ramp, but I know you like a biking challenge… Should shopping centres introduce special loading zones for box bikes and bike trailers? This would probably be your personal parking spot for a while (until the box bikes catch on a bit more in these parts), and as such maybe an opportunity to earn your shopping loyalty? What do the Dutch and the Danes do?

    • Steven says:

      I glad you asked 🙂 In Denmark, it would seem the poor are all too rich to steal bikes, so the immobiliser lock is sufficient. In Holland, no-one can find a parking spot for their ute to steal box bikes, so again, the immobiliser lock is sufficient. In Australia, the poor don’t know what immobiliser locks are, so insists on clawing at my bike like monkeys with their hands inside jars—which is why I lock it to racks.
      I’m yet to see any bikes at all locked in the racks provided in the basement car park of that ridiculous shopping centre. If ever I do, I have no doubt it will stripped of any parts that could be possibly be listed on Gumtree.
      I hope that helps 🙂

  2. Vicki says:

    I read this just before going to that mecca known as Charlestown Square and found that the bike racks there are plentiful, although unused. And the one I was using is poorly designed as it does not let pedestrians by when removing bikes from the rack, I bumped into one poor lady as I was taking my bike out of it. I recently had a gripe about those same bike racks in your picture on my blog, they could have easily been positioned so they are out of the weather, much better for cyclists. And I love your Chupa chup shot too!

    • Steven says:

      be the squeaky wheel Vicki. I don’t mean HURT ladies when pulling your bike out, but do take every opportunity to highlight oversights in design. I can’t believe how much building work is done every day, that will only need undoing shortly, when energy price rises mean more people are cycling.

  3. Edward says:

    I like that first picture best – “put your camera down already and help me pack!”

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