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Your views: on shared footpaths, art and culture, youth jobs and live music

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Today, readers comment on pedestrians, bicycles and scooters, unemployment, galleries and an old pub’s resurgence.

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Commenting on city bikeways, Your views, Thursday April 1

In all the arguments about the bike lanes, the point has been missed about the largest number of passageway users, the pedestrians.

Now that bikes and motorised scooters are allowed to use footpaths, these foot travellers are at much increased risk. Often elderly, or at least slower than wheeled transport, which is often silent, those of us on foot are extremely vulnerable to injury by machines. Pedestrians should not have to be looking over their shoulders all the time to assess if it is safe to change direction!  

We should not be worried about bag snatchers coming at a pace behind us, and most particularly we should not have to worry about who will pay if we are injured.

If I am struck and injured whilst using a footpath, by a mechanised vehicle, I believe that it would not be my fault – but how does insurance cover the cost of my broken arm or worse? Separation of foot traffic from any form of faster transport is one of the first principles of maintaining safety in public areas, hence the Rundle Mall.

In European cities, the three modes are separated, pedestrians, cycles and scooters, and motor vehicles have their own areas. Let’s join the 20th century with our transport plans. – John Taylor

Commenting on the story: Aboriginal Cultures Centre viability report signed-off, not released

What Adelaide needs, as part of the larger movement towards its becoming a true contender among sophisticated, diverse, world-class cities, is not a $200 million art museum restricted to one culture or people.

While our Art Gallery of South Australia is a lovely place to visit, it doesn’t hold a candle to interstate art museums, let alone the great art museums around the world. A truly fine art museum that embraces and addresses diverse cultures, eras, styles, and political and social climates, would be game-changing for our city.

Come on Adelaide, let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot. Let’s celebrate our wonderfully diverse and growing city with an equally diverse, worldly and world-class art museum. – Danielle Duvoisin

Commenting on the story: Young people hit hard by unemployment, welfare cut

Meanwhile, owners of fruit producing properties are having to import workers from overseas because they can’t get local workers! Cry me another tear. – Fred Driver

Commenting on the story: Nightclub owners bringing new life to Hahndorf’s Old Mill Hotel

Local residents on the boundary of The Old Mill and nearby in Victoria St and Church St are very very concerned about noise levels of music/DJ vocals from The Old Mill and patrons leaving The Old Mill with anti social behaviour during the night.

Residents consist of young families with primary school and high school aged children, shift workers and retirees.

We are hoping that The Old Mill music levels are not disruptive to the local residents on any day of the week. If the music levels do create a disturbance to the peace of local residents, we are hopeful that The Old Mill is open to discussions to lower the sound levels. – David O’Mahoney

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