Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, vandalism by freoview on April 28, 2016


I almost feel sad for those people who have nothing better to do with their life than to vandalise the properties of other people. What a sad bored and empty life you must live and what a waste of this short precious time on earth it is.

Hoons decided to do wheelies on the well-kept lawn at J Shed in Fremantle’s West End. The lawn is watered in the summer months by sculptors Janet Nixon and Greg James who like to keep it in good shape, but now the big burn-out circles have made a mess of it.

Down the road in Cliff Street ugly tags have been sprayed on historic buildings, and this all comes at a substantial cost to ratepayers and property owners who have to clean up the unsightly crap.

Respect for other people and their property should be a basic value for everyone in society, no matter how stupid and bored you are. Get a life vandals!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on July 26, 2014

bike shadow, tiff imported cars, tiffThe motorist versus cyclist debate on this blog and in the media makes me wonder about society’s tolerance and selfishness. What is the mad rush all about? Are we really so important and under pressure that we can’t accept that pedestrians are slower than cyclists and people on bicycles slower than cars? Does it really matter if we are getting to our travel destination a couple of minutes later? Leaving a wee bit earlier will make up for any loss of time should one get caught behind a mob of the lycra-clad or a person walking the dog.

When one looks at countries where bikes are prevalent and where the different forms of transport peacefully work together, one has to wonder why there is so much aggression and road rage between car drivers and pedal pushers in Australia. One gets the feeling there is a hoon mentality in both groups. Get off the road because I am more important!

It does not stop there because intolerance and lack of care for pedestrians is also common. Hardly ever do I notice a driver or cyclist giving way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, and at least twice a week another car will overtake mine when I stop at a zebra crossing in Fremantle. It is just a matter of luck they have not swept up a pedestrian on the supposedly safe crosswalk and killed someone.

People rush without taking the time to be in the moment. They feel the urge to answer calls, text messages and emails while being in the company of others, and even when driving cars, at speeds that kill people. The me, me, me, what about me, I am more important than you, society is showing blatant disrespect for the lives of other road users, and that needs to stop.

We needs to learn to share the roads better and to be more considerate and aware. It’s not all about you, silly, it’s all about you and me and everyone else getting home safe. Slow down and take your time. It’s not a race!

Roel Loopers


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