I believe in wearing protective gear when I ride. I'm up on the Gold Coast for a holiday, and I can understand why no one wears gear up here....its bloody hot. What this thread is about is the scooter rental mobs up here. I saw a group of guys, in shorts and singlets, an unbuckled helmet and that's it. No shoes. How can you rent a bike to a new rider, when they aren't even wearing shoes??? These blokes had obviously never ridden. One was indicating left, one right, and one didn't indicate as they pulled I.to traffic. One literally wobbled up the.road while he tried to keep hos balance and keep up with his mates. Other mobs rent bike/scooters to kids (about 12 at a guess) who was riding on the footpath. Pretty ordinary behaviour all round. Obviously the rental places get a disclaimer, take the cash, and turn a blind eye.