Cyclists, Lunchboxes and Walkways

01 Jun

Everyone is starting to live healthier. There are more people buying Woolies organic food than ever before and the number of cyclists that get in my way as I drive into town has multiplied threefold. Obesity rates in South Africa, as in the rest of the world, started rising since the introduction of the fast food restaurant in the 90’s and is still a problem throughout the country, but I’m sure if someone does a study they would find that obesity figures have dropped in the Western Cape. The days of: “Oh boy! Mum remembered Melrose” are over and the era of “Oh boy! Mum remembered the roasted pumpkin seed roll with carrots and cherry tomatoes” is being ushered in. The other day I walked by my old high school and saw a kid eating a Ryevita with what I’m now sure was low fat cottage cheese, tomato and cucumber. I can promise you that if I opened my lunchbox to find that inside of it, my mother would not have survived the repercussions. It sounds like I’m bashing healthy food, I am not. I can just imagine how disappointed that poor kid must have been on opening that usually wondrous receptacle of nutrition. Also, the reason there are so many cycling accidents of late isn’t because people have started driving badly all of a sudden, people have always driven badly; it’s because there are so many more cyclists on our roads. This is why everyone is driving around with ThinkBike stickers on their cars, spreading the awareness of cyclists on the roads, a reminder to all drivers to keep out a watchful eye. This is all good and well but I think someone should print a sticker for the other side of the coin, a ThinkCar sticker, because I’ll be damned if I haven’t seen a few near accidents where the driver of the car didn’t have anything to do with said incident, but I digress…

The new City Of Cape Town cycle and walk-way from Bloubergstrand to Cape Town Harbour is looking splendid and I think the people of the Western Cape can give themselves a pat on the back for trying to stay fit and keep healthy, it is a hard thing to start doing and even harder to maintain, but I think we are fighting the battle against obesity well.

So, people of the Western Cape, I salute you.

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Funny opinion


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