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PROTECT BATHERS BEACH GRASS FROM LAZY MOTORISTS!

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, kidogo arthouse, Uncategorized by freoview on March 4, 2018

 

 

The City of Fremantle needs to install small wooden bollards or a row of seats to protect the new grass at Bathers Beach in front of Kidogo Arthouse, because motorists drive onto the lawn and over time will wreck it.

It does not matter at all if they are just there to load and unload, fact is that it is only 15 metres to walk from the hard surface to the gallery so it is just bloody laziness to drive onto the grass.

I took these photos at 3 pm today.

Roel Loopers

DANGEROUS ONE WAY IN WEST END

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle needs to do something about the intersection of Cliff and Phillimore streets because it is dangerous to drive there, due to motorists ignoring the One Way that leads to Fleet Street and Victoria Quay.

I drive through that intersection on average three times a day and do have a near miss at least twice a week, when a car comes at me against the one way direction. I had one incident yesterday and one on Sunday.

When one turns left out of Cliff Street and has to watch oncoming traffic and traffic from the right one does not look for traffic coming against the one way.

People who park their car near the old Weighbridge often also turn left against the one way when the leave , so the risk of head-on collisions is great.

 

Roel Loopers

SHOW COMMON SENSE ON THE ROADS OVER EASTER

Posted in fremantle, roads, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 24, 2016

There is a long weekend coming up again and no doubt more people will die on Western Australia’s roads, and no doubt politicians will blame police and police the government.

Since I arrived in WA in 1984 I have been aware that very many drivers here are not very good and not very considerate and that far too many have no sense of awareness and anticipation. They would not last half an hour on a German Autobahn.

The problem on our roads is not with the police or government or lack of signage, but with inconsiderate motorists who drink and drive, exceed the speed limits and basically don’t care a bit about other road users. They sit in their little castles on wheels, like kings who care little about those peasants who share the roads with them and are just a nuisance that stop them driving from A to B very fast and in the most reckless way.

When did WA allow people to drive cars without knowing the road rules? When did using indicators go out of fashion and when were speed limits just something that made you go faster instead of slowing down?

I drive my car every day and have near misses at least twice a week with people who ignore road rules. They speed through roundabouts and orange and red traffic lights, they ignore stop signs and have no idea how to merge, or they do but don’t care because it is more important to get one car space ahead in the traffic jam.

On Fremantle social media people complain how unfair it is that they have received speeding fines and lament the 50kmh limit is not signed and that it is all about revenue raising. It should not have to be signed because the road rules are clear, so learn the rules or get off the road and out of your car, because not knowing the rules makes you a danger on our roads and you’ll kill other people!

I know many people who drink and drive at least once a week and who believe there is nothing wrong with it, and I witness the aggression on the road daily with people yelling and screaming in outrage with pumping fists because someone sticks to the speed limit.

In WA it is a sport to make sure one gets ahead of the car in front when lanes merge, and no one gives a XXXX about giving way to pedestrians when they round a corner with their car.

The photo-mad egotistic selfie society turns into a selfish society when people get into their car. It’s all about me and I don’t care if that endangers other motorists, cyclists, bike riders or pedestrians

Why are we in such a mad hurry, why do we need to communicate every second of the day and can’t wait to read text messages till we have reached the end of our road trip? Why do we take unacceptable risks and don’t think about the consequences. What is wrong with us?!

It’s double demerit points, so use your brain and common sense and show some consideration on the roads this Easter weekend!

Roel Loopers

MAKE CAR SHARING MANDATORY

Posted in fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 22, 2015

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The call for car sharing in the West Australian today, to help combat rush hour congestion, is as laudable as it is unrealistic. People don’t even want to share the roads, let alone their cars. The me, me, me, click another selfie, look at me society we live in does not like to share. If society did like to share we would not have so many yachts idle at berth or sitting unused for weeks in boat stackers, and we would not have homes where 4-5 cars are parked on the verge.

The problem is not over population, or not enough roads, or inadequate public transport, but attitude, because ego is at a premium in 2015.

In the week of ANZAC Day there is a lot of talk about the Australian spirit, mateship and sacrifice, but motorists don’t even want to sacrifice the space in front of them when merging on the freeway. Morons drive one metre behind you because you dare to just do five kays over the limit, instead of the 30+ they want to do. I can’t remember the last time I saw a car give way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, and using indicators appears to have become optional.

People using mobile phones are as dangerous to others as taxi drivers clicking through the list of available fare options on their dashboard screen. I have been overtaken by a 4WD where the woman had a folded out newspaper on the steering wheel! No big worries about the kid in the child seat in the back hey, because mum is a genius who can multitask and read the paper and drive at 80 kph at the same time.

Many people in the burbs don’t know their neighbours so why would they want to share their car on the way to work with strangers. Why would one want to do anything for anyone in the first place.

The sad facts of life are that many people just don’t care about the environment, their community, road madness, traffic jams or putting a good days work in, because all of that is someone else’s problem and they should do something about it. That applies to car sharing as well, so make it mandatory and stop cars with just a driver from driving during peak hours. Imagine, people might even make new friends that way.

Roel Loopers

PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST ROAD KILL

Posted in accidents, fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 19, 2015

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When I see these reminders of precious human life of people killed in road accidents I always have to pause and I ask why we are in such a mad rush to get from A to B. Even on Sundays there is no patience, no consideration for other car users, and even less care for pedestrians and cyclists.

What makes individuals so special and selfish that they are happily taking risks that could maim or kill others. Leaving five minutes earlier solves most of the problems much better than speeding, ignoring road signs, not using indicators, cutting other people off, and driving through stop signs and red lights.

Yesterday Hampton Road in South Fremantle was closed all afternoon because a female scooter driver had been killed in an accident with a cement truck an some people who love her has left the teddy bear and flowers on the site of the tragic waste of life.

Let’s just all slow down, relax, chill a bit and contemplate what it would mean to every single one of us if a person we love would not return home.

Roel Loopers

P.S. I don’t know the details of the accident so this is in no way to lay blame on the truck driver who will be in a state of shock no doubt!

A VERY GOOD FREMANTLE PARKING STORY!

Posted in city of fremantle, parking by freoview on February 15, 2015

With all the rubbish around about not enough or too expensive parking in Fremantle, it is nice to read the story in the Sunday Times today about the Australia Day fireworks. The City of Perth and South Perth collected thousands of dollars in fines from hundreds of motorists, while the City of Fremantle did not issues a single parking ticket during the fireworks this year and last year. I reckon that is embracing the spirit of the day and letting everyone have a good time, instead of seeing such a big crowd-pulling event and a revenue raiser. Well done Freo!!

Roel Loopers

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BIKE SAFETY THROUGH HIGH VISIBILITY

Posted in bicycles, fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on January 14, 2015

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I noticed this woman being proactive about protecting herself riding down South Terrace in Fremantle this morning. I believe it is a brilliant idea to wear something that attracts the eyes of motorists, albeit it less fashionable, as it might prevent accidents involving cyclists.

I would love to see someone creating high-vis stuff with small flashing lights for bike riders for example, or DIY and put some battery-powered fairy or christmas lights on a shirt or vest.

Roel Loopers

FREO NEEDS TO GET REAL ABOUT ROAD SHARING

Posted in city of fremantle, roads, TRAFFIC by freoview on January 11, 2015

With all the hype at Fremantle Council about traffic calming, road sharing and making the city more cyclist and pedestrian friendly, it is quite remarkable that there is still no shared/naked road in the entire city, unless one counts the 50 metres of Market Street behind Gino’s as one. Riding a bicycle in the High Street Mall is a big no-no.

Professor Peter Newman, of the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy, lauded his friend Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt on ABC radio last week for having doubled twice in two years funding for cycling, but what is the City of Fremantle doing with it?

A perfect share street project would be Adelaide Street west from Queens Street and following that through into William Street to Henderson Street, but it appears nothing will happen there unless Kings Square is being developed. We are waiting in high anticipation to see if Sirona Capital will actually start the project there this year or if there will be further delays. Why a shared road can’t be implemented along the Town Hall anyway is something I don’t understand. Waiting for Godot and a Kings Square development that might not happen for a long time-if at all-is not good city planning.

The Cappuccino Strip could become another good share road if one-way traffic was introduced there and busses and trucks banned, so pedestrians, cyclists and cars could equally share that street.

If High Street west was anywhere in Europe it would be a wonderful example of shared space with cobblestones, alfresco coming out further and a narrow all share street winding through it, making a real feature out of Freo’s most gorgeous heritage street.

Spin and hoohaa and painting pictures of bikes on green parts of some roads won’t do and real action and real road sharing should become a priority in Fremantle this year, anything less will be seen as hubris.

Roel Loopers

INTOLERANCE IS NOT SUPERIORITY

Posted in fremantle, terrorism by freoview on January 10, 2015

I have been wondering for a long time what it is that makes so many people believe they are superior to others. My thoughts have been going there for years. Why are people racist, why do people believe their god, their culture, their skin tone is superior? And it does not stop there because it happens in schools and in the workplace and on our roads. People become bullies because they believe they are superior to others, they kill because they believe their religion and their god are superior and that they should punish those inferiors who dare to believe in a different god and who have a different culture

The West Australian reports today about an increase in road accidents involving cyclists, who end up badly hurt under trucks and four-wheel drives, mainly because motorists believe they are superior to other road users. It’s not often ones sees a car give way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, although that is a requirement.

Religious zealots around the world believe they have a god-given right to kill people and kids believe it is okay to defame and humiliate other children on social media, because society is becoming more righteous and selfish. The ME society is more about ego than about sharing and tolerance. Lack of respect for others makes people feel superior and hence they don’t care about the consequences of their actions. Killing an ‘infidel’ or a cyclist is no big deal for those whose arrogance is disproportionate to their intelligence. Inconsiderate speeding hoons terrorise our roads daily while religious terrorists go on rampages to prove points their prophets have never made.

What we don’t seem to understand is that we are all just ripples in the big pond of life and that our self-importance is basically silly. Life is like a market with many stalls and there would not be a market if there were only one single stall, run by someone with a big over-inflated ego. It is a very simple message really, but one that many people don’t seem to get.

Share and care, show empathy instead of judgment, show love not hate, embrace and don’t reject. Have enough confidence to respect other gods and cultures because it won’t diminish the importance of your god and your belief. Your car does not make you the owner of the roads or superior to cyclists, so slow down, give way, take care, and show that you care!

The world is a grandiose place of immense beauty and there is enough of it for all of us to share, no matter what we look like or believe in. Let’s go out there each and every day and show that we care and that we value the lives of everyone.

Je suis Charlie. R.I.P.

Roel Loopers

CYCLISTS SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Posted in cycling, fremantle by freoview on December 8, 2014

I am always trying to get the balance right on this blog because I am not a big believer in one-eyed, narrow-minded and blinkered views, so the article in The Guardian about the European cycling industry needs to be mentioned to please Fremantle’s bike groupies.

The Guardian reports that the European cycling industry employs more people than the mining industry there and twice as many as the steel industry. 650,000 people work in the cycling economy the newspaper reports with most jobs being in bicycle tourism, which includes accommodation and restaurants.

The fact that should be opening some eyes in the Fremantle retail industry is that cyclists contribute more to the local economy than other modes of transport, because cyclists go to local shops, restaurants and cafes. Of course our problem is that cyclists are still a tiny minority compared to motorists, and for the cycling community to have a real impact on the Western Australia economy there needs to be a change in culture and mindset.

Full article in The Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/12/europes-cycling-economy-has-created-650000-jobs?CMP=share_btn_fb

Roel Loopers

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