5 comments on “Kangaroo Point after rollerblading

  1. Hi Dan it sounds as though you had an enjoyable outing. If only we had the rain it would make even more of a difference. I have never tried Rollerbladding myself. Is it hard and what are the requirements and how do you overcome the danger element?

  2. Rain’s great for the farms – not for rollerblading 😉

    I started blading when an old firewalking mate suggested it to me. He was so scared of falling over that he never learnt to rollerblade himself… the funny thing about blading is that you’re always off-balance. You just have to accept the ambiguity of being off balance yet completely in control over where you’re going… especially when you’re moving!

    When I started, I had no idea. So I found a 10-year-old kid who was racing around on his blades and asked him to teach me – it’s the only way to go!

  3. The closure of the espressway got me thinking. Yes it was inconvenient but perhaps an indication that commuters do not change habits until the pain of change exceeds the pain of staying the same.

    With the expressway not an option for commuters many soon discovered that the trains were reliable (albeit uncomfortable with the sudden influx) and that there are other ways to achieve the same things without driving through the city.

    Perhaps the city could in future be “closed” to traffic forcing people to enter/leave the city by bus, train or rollerblades.

    The vacant underground carparks could be turned to other uses such as accom for the homeless and underground storage of rainwater.

    Qld Rail had a great marketing opportunity with all of the extra commuters. I think they could build on it.

    Wayne

  4. Wayne, that’s a really great point… many people complain that they “can’t” take public transport. In many ways, this incident proved that, when pushed, really they can! Hopefully, it helped the tens of thousands of extra commuters to realise that it’s really not that bad afterall!

    How to shift the consciousness of our citizens is a great challenge. As an economically minded person, to me it comes down to market failure – we aren’t taking the full ‘cost’ of driving our own car into account when making the decision to drive or to ride in the train or bus. Shifting the public perception of the ‘cost’ of catching public transport by forcing them to take it for a time will work on one end… increasing petrol prices work from another angle… though, to me, there still is a need to help people realise the impact of their decisions in a given moment…

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