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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wheels on the scooter.




Whoever came up with this ‘toy’ idea needs their head re-examining. Yes it may be a great way to get kids out in the fresh air but they do also have legs…let them walk.

I’m on a bit of a rant for this one as they scooters drive me nuts. There is still a craze for these things & every kid appears to have one. What’s the attraction? I have no idea what makes a child what one of those.

I see mothers walking to or from school carrying these either on buggies or in their hands just for their kid to ride home on or to school on. Then when you’re walking down the street YOU have to move for the kids on these because they have no breaks & if YOU don’t move 1. The kid may fall of the scooter or 2. You get hit by it.

I’ve had one go into the back of my ankles & yeah it hurt & yes I wanted to curse but you can’t because there are kids around. We also have kids riding these past our flat. Now when someone is riding one all you can hear is the thump of the wheels going over paving slabs. It’s annoying & especially as its downhill they go back up & come down over & over again. All you can hear is the thump, thump, thump. OMG.  It’s like a drill or an alarm…once the noise is in your head it won’t go & sometimes it takes ages before you realise it’s not happening anymore!

When I was a child we had bikes or our legs. If we wanted to meet friends or play outside we walked one foot in front of the other or rode silently. We had nothing that made annoying sounds. I even removed my bell from my bike as I couldn’t stand it & it annoyed me.

So I don’t get what makes these scooters so noisy & why kids ride them without any protective gear? No helmet, no pads. I watched a kid the other day that jumped off a kerb & fell into the road. He got straight back up & his friends began to giggle at him. A stunt gone wrong. But what if he had really hurt himself? He had no protective gear on so he could have banged his head, broken a bone or got hit by a car.

I sometimes see a few kids trying to do stunts on these tiny scooters, jumping of kerbs etc. But they don’t have a care in the world about it & their own safety, however surely the parents would care when they a call saying your son/daughter has been taken down A&E?

It’s madness & of course now the summer is meant to be coming all the kids will be out on these things showing off to their friends & probably going home with a few cuts & grazes, but if I was a parent I’d make sure protective gear was worn at all times or quite simply not give into the hype & not buy them one.

Perhaps they should be banned unless the right protective equipment is worn with them or perhaps face a fine of some sort? We can get fined for not wearing helmets on bikes so what’s the difference for the small scooters?

11 comments:

  1. Several years back I thought these looked fun, hubby said you'll fall off and broken bones at your age not a good thing, so stay away from it. lol Haven't seen too many here in recent years, we tend to see the wooden ones, more like the ones we had as kids...except we made ours and these are painted fancy etc. Yesterday while sitting at an outside cafe saw a kid using one, talking on the phone with one had, and drinking from his water bottle with the other hand, going down the sidewalk and he made it look sooooooooooooo easy. Youth is on his side I guess, cause I'm pretty sure it's not easy.

    I don't use a helmut when I ride, no one did when we were kids and we were all fine. I actually think kids/people are more careful and pay more attention when they don't wear them. I think wearing equipment gives people a false since of being a super man.

    Getting cuts, and bruises is all a part of growing up. What's childhood without some good stories of how you got this or that booboo?

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    1. They do make it look easy you're right Sandy :o) That could be true about people being more careful not wearing helmets, I guess I'm just a natural born worrier when I see people without them lol.

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  2. Well, I'm quite keen on those little scooters myself (although far too big for one now). It's probably all about good manners, though - moving aside for people etc. and teaching your kids to do the same. Some parents are good at that and some aren't.

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    1. Definitely agree Biddy, kids need to have good manners when on these things especially when peoples ankles are involved :o)

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  3. Oh I understand your rant. I had to recently go downtown to pay a bill a saw a mother with two kids on these. One of them got too close to a parked vehicle and left a huge scratch. The mother just kept walking. I will reconsider parking options in the future

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    1. OMG! That is soooo bad, can't imagine what the car owner went through when they found the scratch. Amazing that some people just walk away *tutting*

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  4. Hi, popping in today from Flat Stanley's to see what you're up to. Thanks for the follow. Hope to see you often, and please join in on the fun.

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  5. Rounding again from Flat Stanley's page, visiting all my followers and those are on the blog log. Have a great wkend!

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    1. Hi sandy thanks for coming by & commenting :o) Hope you are having a good weekend.

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  6. Greetings!

    I'm trying to visit all the participants of the 2012 A to Z Challenge and I have arrived at your lovely blog. Good luck with the rest of the year!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Donna. Thank you for coming by & commenting, hope you pop by again :o) Have a great weekend & I shall come & check out your blog :o)

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