The Adelaide City Council last night moved a motion to restrict the number of mobile food vendors in the CBD during daytime trading to ten vehicles, capping this number indefinitely to ensure bricks and mortar vendors are not disadvantaged. Deputy Lord Mayor Abiad, who advocated for the restrictions, stated that “There’s a perception out there in the community that food trucks have a massive impact on business, which they don’t”*, stating further that “they’re not the problem”*.
Despite overwhelming negative community response to proposed changes to regulations of mobile food vendors in a recent consultation program led by the council, and ACC’s own Deputy Lord Mayor stating that mobile food vendors are indeed ‘not the problem’ the council decided to go ahead with placing further restrictions on the city’s food trucks.
A spokesperson for the ACC confirmed that rather than presenting bricks and mortar vendors with facts to change their incorrect perception that food trucks are eating into their profits the council would continue to place greater restrictions on the food truck scene for no sensible or rational reason.
Fixed address food vendors in the city recently expressed concerns over the influx of popular food trucks who offered more innovative and quality food options than their current selection of stale, saran wrapped ham sandwiches. To date 105 fixed address food vendors in the CBD have closed down due to food trucks offering greater choice and more diverse food options.
Just two days after controversial new cycling laws allowing cyclists to ride legally on footpaths were introduced by the Weatherill Government eleven pedestrians have been either killed or seriously injured by Adelaide’s renegade bicycle riders. Yesterday morning the death toll rose as a 54 year old Plympton resident was reported deceased to Police, with the cyclist fleeing the scene.
Seven pedestrians have so far been killed since the new laws were introduced, while four pedestrians ranging in age from 4 to 78 years are currently in a critical condition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Despite three of the cyclists remaining at the scene of the crime none were identifiable as they were not registered.
The opposition leader this afternoon called for the new laws to be disallowed immediately following the spate of brutal pedestrian killings, further citing the need for bicycle users of all ages to have their vehicles registered and appropriately insured.
Local resident and avid pedestrian Tammy Malkin, of Rostrevor in the city’s East, made comment that she had seen a peloton of cyclists riding down the Maple Avenue footpath at ‘about 70km/h’. Meanwhile chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scruby, has entered the debate stating that bicycles should be outright banned and that he would ‘prefer cars driving on our residential pathways rather than renegade, irresponsible bicycle hoons’.