02 June 2009

South African Helmet Ban


Here's a campaign from South Africa. A chain of fashionable cafés - Vida e - have placed these signs on their doors. No helmets. The amusing blog 2 Oceans Vibe posted about this campaign against socially unacceptable behaviour such as wearing a bicycle helmet whilst dining.


Here's a shot of the door of their Kloof Street establishment in Cape Town. 2 Ocean Vibe also has an ironic, ongoing theme where readers send in photos of other shocking examples of what they deem "socially unacceptable behaviour". Generally focusing on people wearing those helmet thingys indoors.


And 2 Ocean Vibe also reports about another establishment that refuses to serve 'cyclists' in 'cyclist clothes'. "Due to numerous complaints from customers..."


19 comments:

Yokota Fritz said...

Hmm, I think I'll pop in for an espresso now.

Anonymous said...

It's a bit hard to take seriously these aesthetic objections from a restaurant that uses Comic Sans on the menu.

See, bicycle attire isn't the only thing to be snobby about...

-p said...

Isn't S. Africa basically a failed state now, in a state of criminal anarchy?

bentguy said...

The scourge of Comic sans is indeed a blight of the highest order. I'm all for not having to dine next to the sweaty guy but if the wine list is in Comic sans, I'm outta there! And why are cyclists centred out for olfactory offenses. What about that guy at the next table who took a bath in Old Spice.

Bristol Traffic said...

Consider it a metric of success. If they have to ban you, it means enough people turn up.

Note how they don't ban the wearing of hi-viz clothing altogether. Its OK to turn up in sweaty clothes, high viz outers and a helmet, provided you walk in...

Just a cyclist said...

Didn't south africa, about a year ago, join the "highly advanced and developed" countries by enacting a hemlet law for adults?

Andy B from Jersey said...

Wow!

I'm usually on Mikael's side on almost everything he posts but I think this is going a bit too far.

While I ride most days in normal and even fashionable cloths (wore my best Allen Edmonds shoes on my ride to work today), when I take out my beautifully crafted, lugged Italian racing bike on the weekends I often like to stop for a bite to eat or drink "al fresco." I think that a well dressed (yes in spandex), sporting cyclist enjoying an espresso at a sidewalk cafe' can add a bit of class to an establishment.

However, I must admit that I once pushed the limits of good taste entering a restaurant after riding. After a long day of unsupported cycle touring I looked to get dinner in one of the finest restaurants in Sausalito, California (just over the Golden Gate from San Fran). I knew I stank and I was filthy from riding in the rain and on dirt roads but I was very hungry. I asked the matradee very politely about my plight and he gladly seated me inside since there was no available outdoor seating. The restaurant was packed and other diners, instead of being insulted, eagerly asked me where I'd been and where I was going. It was not what I was expecting but then again the Bay Area in California is much different than other places in the US.

Still, PLEASE take off your helmet when dining. It's not just unfashionable. It's just plain dorky!

Anonymous said...

Mikael,

If you traveled outside of Copenhagistan, you would discover that most helmet-wearing cyclists remove their helmets when they dine, sleep, fornicate, etc.

-The Troll

John Mayson said...

Okay, why the Portuguese writing?

Mikael said...

My god, I didn't even notice the Comic Sans... you're right... shocking.

Andy B.... I am merely reporting here. No need to be on my side or not. It's a South African affair.

The portugese writing is part of the cafés image. It's called Vida e.

Hi, Troll!

Andy B from Jersey said...

No worries, Mikael.

Peace.

Andy

Anonymous said...

Hi Mikael!

Feed me. I'm hungry.

-The Troll

Just a cyclist said...

Hi troll, why don't you just ask Bell, they'll be happy to ;)

Lord Peter said...

South Africa is neither a failed state nor in a state of criminal anarchy. You may be thinking of its neighbor Zimbabwe?

I wondered about the Portuguese, too; it may be a Portuguese restaurant.

Beth A said...

As somebody already pointed out, they must be doing ok to be able to refuse customers. If it were me running that place I'd be very tempted to refuse service to the people that whinge on about what others wear.

"Excuse me, I'd like to complain about..."

"OUT!"

aronman said...

hm. its not so simphatetic for me, a bit too much fascist in my opinion.

aronman said...

its a bit too much for me. i dont really like places with strict dress codes, but i also think the sticker with the helmet would be enough.
all the other stuff is a too fascist way of expressing their attitude to bike gears.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

there is a large portuguese population of 'coloreds' (the s.african term; not mine)in cape town. they are of portuguese and black african descent.