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Old 7th Oct 2021, 18:29
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Originally Posted by ZFT View Post
Where I live we have the added obstacle of motorcyclists riding on the pavements!
And not just motorcyclists, but around these parts confounded "Wind" electric scooters ridden on pavements at high speed and often without any regard for pedestrians as part of an "experiment" being run with Nottingham City Council. They are an absolute menace and a danger, to road users too!!
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 18:43
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Just about to set off to the pub pushing my wife in a wheelchair as she has broken her leg. I'll see how many times I have to go on the road.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 19:05
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The main road through our village is wholly residential. The road and associated pavements provide an interesting challenge for the car, tractor and HGV driver. The road varies in width between two way to single lane and the pavements vary between being wide enough for pedestrians through only just wide enough, to not even wide enough. There are no parking restrictions as such so cars tend to park on one side for part of the way and on the other side for the remainder, extending the single lane element even further A one vehicle wide, all most blind, bend just before the village centre adds to the delight, The net result is the parked cars act as an ad hoc traffic calming measure as vehicles work out who is going to give way to whom and where to stop, wait or reverse, accordingly.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 20:17
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Isn’t it in Holland where you park on one side only, and it varies which dependent on the day?
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 20:56
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Electric bloody scooters - saw two being ridden on the very busy footbridge at Clapham Junction this evening - rail staff should be issued with tasers.

Another problem compounding the parking issue is that, around these parts at least, a lot of people seem disinclined to trim the various bits of foliage demarcating their property. You've got laurel/box/fir/holly and god knows what else ballooning out across the street, tree branches sagging at head height and for those of a herbaceous border bent, lavender thickets, fuschia, bramble, ivy, dog rose, weeds, you name it. Most of it is perma wet - the average pavements is less than six feet wide, the pedestrian either walks in the road or gets soaked, stabbed or whiplashed by the flora.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 22:51
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Electric bloody scooters - saw two being ridden on the very busy footbridge at Clapham Junction this evening - rail staff should be issued with tasers.

Another problem compounding the parking issue is that, around these parts at least, a lot of people seem disinclined to trim the various bits of foliage demarcating their property. You've got laurel/box/fir/holly and god knows what else ballooning out across the street, tree branches sagging at head height and for those of a herbaceous border bent, lavender thickets, fuschia, bramble, ivy, dog rose, weeds, you name it. Most of it is perma wet - the average pavements is less than six feet wide, the pedestrian either walks in the road or gets soaked, stabbed or whiplashed by the flora.
The occupant of one of the houses on our street allowed the conifers in his front garden to expand right across the public footpath causing folks to walk in the road to get past. The council sent him a warning notice to cut-back the growth. When he failed to comply, the council came along and trimmed the conifers right back to his boundary then sent him the bill for doing so - in addition to dumping the cut material in his garden. Apparently, anyone allowing the vegetation in their garden to grow across the public highway is viewed as 'unlawful encroachment'.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 23:58
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Long ago a friend and I were riding our bicycles on a B road, or something much narrower than that, when we felt the need to climb up the side of the road and cling to the hedge row in order to let a car pass going in the opposite direction.

They were going fairly slowly, but there just wasnít enough room between the hedges for a car to pass a bicycle on the beaten path.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 05:48
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4mastacker, exactly so, it is considered an offence under the Highways Act 1980, "obstructing the highway" includes the pavement. My useless council, having gone bust, seem incapable of doing anything theses days but I am taking a number of example pics and will send them to my (opposition) councillors and ask that action be taken. Some of the hedges are beautifully trimmed, just the edge of the pavement is three feet underneath.

Re cars parked on pavements, I was once pushing my bike home in the dark (no lights) and encountered a large Mercedes totally and unnecessarily blocking the pavement on a very busy main road. I carefully went out onto the road and the owner emerged from a takeaway. I asked if it was his and then verbally laid into him - he told me to behave myself (my reply was mostly of the four letter variety) and I thought wistfully of my friend Bill who once encountered exactly the same scenario and walked straight over the top of the car. I couldn't do that - not with my bike and I'm nearly a foot shorter than Bill (think Cleese and Corbett) and could not have stepped up onto the bonnet with anything like his ease - an undignified scramble would not have made the point so eloquently!
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 07:21
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....my friend Bill who once encountered exactly the same scenario and walked straight over the top of the car....
At what used to be the busiest intersection in Sydney - Pitt & Market Streets - before Pitt was turned into a mall a driver blocked the crossing when he stopped at the lights, forcing pedestrians into the moving traffic. Rather than go into the moving traffic, two soldiers marched across his bonnet.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 10:36
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Originally Posted by golfbananajam View Post
Would love to know what they were ticketed for as it isn't illegal to park on a footpath. It is, I understand, illegal to block the footpath (by block I mean not leave sufficient space for a pram/pushchair or wheelchair) or to drive on a footpath other than for the purposes of entry/exit to a property (residential or commercial).
It is also illegal to drive on the pavement* so unless they have a handy forklift truck, how are they legally on the pavement?

*Apart from access to property etc.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 12:26
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Originally Posted by Carry0nLuggage View Post
It is also illegal to drive on the pavement* so unless they have a handy forklift truck, how are they legally on the pavement?
Yes, but unless the car is actually seen to drive onto the pavement, the possibility of a forklift* can't be ruled out, so the evidence would be purely circumstantial.

* or a helicopter
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 15:33
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
so the evidence would be purely circumstantial.
Where's DCI Gene Hunt when you need him?
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 16:25
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My late mother used to use a pretty substantial electric wheelchair.

Towards the end of her life she was also on some pretty hefty painkilling medication.

More than one driver who parked on the pavement leaving not enough or only just enough room for a wheelchair came back to discover what happens when a tired, suffering and half-stoned wheelchair user in a 40kg off-road wheelchair tries to get through the gap!!!

I did not lose too much sleep over it.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 16:42
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OK... it's confession time.

I came home rather late one evening, or actually early one morning last year with several pints inside me. Train journey had conspired to take longer than necessary to the local station further from my home, final pint a persistent memory in my bladder. Walking along a back road, I found someone had totally unnecessarily parked their white Audi or whatever, complete with Carlos Fandango adornments, almost completely on the pavement, leaving about a foot for pedestrians. Sure, I could have walked in the road or crossed over but I saw the gap as a challenge for my 36" waist. Wouldn't you? Jeans rivets tightly pressed against the paintwork for my entire journey from stern to stem, oh and there was this wing mirror thingy which got folded forward with a satisfying bang. I kept going and didn't trouble myself with details. Haven't seen it parked there since though.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 19:39
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Carlos Fandango? Now that marks you out as British and of a certain ageÖ.


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Old 8th Oct 2021, 20:18
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 20:41
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I always park at the furthest parking space at the shops that I can for a) The step counter and b ) in the vein hope that some numpty does not get too near the current pride and joy in the 4 wheel variety.
Upon returning to my vehicle if said numpty has chosen to park, in my opinion, too close to my vehicle i have been known to squat down and let down a tyre. Not fully flat so he / she can't leave the car park, bit once driving the feeling of something being wrong may eventually make its way into their one brain cell...
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 21:27
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
OK... it's confession time.

I came home rather late one evening, or actually early one morning last year with several pints inside me. Train journey had conspired to take longer than necessary to the local station further from my home, final pint a persistent memory in my bladder. Walking along a back road, I found someone had totally unnecessarily parked their white Audi or whatever, complete with Carlos Fandango adornments, almost completely on the pavement, leaving about a foot for pedestrians. Sure, I could have walked in the road or crossed over but I saw the gap as a challenge for my 36" waist. Wouldn't you? Jeans rivets tightly pressed against the paintwork for my entire journey from stern to stem, oh and there was this wing mirror thingy which got folded forward with a satisfying bang. I kept going and didn't trouble myself with details. Haven't seen it parked there since though.

Should have pissed into the passenger air intakes ?
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 23:00
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Originally Posted by Blue_Circle View Post
While walking the dog last night, a driving instructor blocked our way while he parked his car wholly on the pavement so he could go to a chip shop.
If it is a decent Fish & Chip shop, you can park wherever.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 23:06
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
Just about to set off to the pub pushing my wife in a wheelchair as she has broken her leg. I'll see how many times I have to go on the road.
Or, when on the return route, how many times you donít have to but do 😉
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