Scooter girl – is Auckland turning into Rome

Scooter girl – is Auckland turning into Rome

I had the pleasure (and mirth) of watching a woman on a scooter try to ride down Richmond Rd balancing an enormous A0 art folder while weaving all over the road, legs akimbo. For a moment I thought I was in Rome, where everyone rides a scooter and the girls are so feisty you wouldn’t dare chide them for transporting enormous loads upon the two tiny wheels, lest they bite their thumbs at you, and kick you in a vulnerable place..

Watching the meandering course she set across the road reminded me of a program we used to watch in the UK called Kickstart. It was a trials motorbike show for kids – kids were riding the bikes. One particular obstacle was a deep pit with a narrow plank across it, and the rider had to ride the plank without falling off. There’s no way Scootergirl could have done this unless the plank came from a Giant Redwood. In one episode I remember a kid falling into the pit. The bike landed well, but his just-pubescent dangly bits didn’t, and he felt the pain of adolescence on the bike’s petrol tank.

I pulled up next to Scootergirl at the lights. I didn’t dare say a thing: she might have been Italian.

scooter girl

I had the pleasure (and mirth) of watching a woman on a scooter try to ride down Richmond Rd balancing an enormous A0 art folder while weaving all over the road, legs akimbo. For a moment I thought I was in Rome, where everyone rides a scooter and the girls are so feisty you wouldn’t dare chide them for transporting enormous loads upon the two tiny wheels, lest they bite their thumbs at you, and kick you in a vulnerable place..

Watching the meandering course she set across the road reminded me of a program we used to watch in the UK called Kickstart. It was a trials motorbike show for kids – kids were riding the bikes. One particular obstacle was a deep pit with a narrow plank across it, and the rider had to ride the plank without falling off. There’s no way Scootergirl could have done this unless the plank came from a Giant Redwood. In one episode I remember a kid falling into the pit. The bike landed well, but his just-pubescent dangly bits didn’t, and he felt the pain of adolescence on the bike’s petrol tank.

I pulled up next to Scootergirl at the lights. I didn’t dare say a thing: she might have been Italian.

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