Parking??

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Thomas125
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Coming home today along a perfectly straight road I saw a car parked at a 35 to 40 degree angle to the kerb, with the front tyre parallel to the body of the car mashed into the kerb. :shock: :shock: :shock:

Parking of this standard defies belief, you would actually have to go out of your way to park that badly…

…makes you wonder what his or her driving is like. Lets just hope they don't pass me on my bike.... :mrgreen:
Was 93.4kg now 78.3kg

Next target 74.0kg

"Life is one long bike ride" :-)
Dave1954
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At least he kept it on the road. A lot of the drivers round here seem to think that it's mandatory to have at least one wheel on the pavement.
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If you like bad parking, you'll LOVE Bristol Traffic and specifically the parking section

Written by probably the most sarcastic person in Bristol, maybe even the whole of the South West!
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The 'half on the pavement brigade', they're ruining their suspension and they're making life difficult for wheelchair users. Are you liable if you damage a car that is half on the pavement?
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gilesjuk wrote:The 'half on the pavement brigade', they're ruining their suspension and they're making life difficult for wheelchair users.


it's obviously better to have a wheelchair user or parent with push chair have to use the road for a bit and negotiate traffic, than to slow the motor vehicles down.

i once waited almost ten minutes for someone to return to their van or go out into the fairly fast & frequent traffic. it's not that the bit of path the he had left was especially narrow either, just the the clown had put the van by a cast iron bin. i'm just glad that my boy wasn't at the time old enough to be learning the words i used upon the drivers return :evil:
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gilesjuk wrote:Are you liable if you damage a car that is half on the pavement?


Probably not if it was a genuine accident :wink:

If you left anything else that expensive just lying about, like, say, an expensive road bike, or a leather sofa, would you expect it still to be in perfect condition when you got back?
Cynic? No, an optimist tempered by experience.
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Can we, the Bristol Traffic Project, object to the claim that we are being sarcastic.

1. We are a team of citizens, documenting our city.
2. Cars often park in interesting ways and end up documented
3. Yet these people have struggled to drive across a city that is structurally anti-car, to find somewhere to park where there is none. Of course we praise their innovative solutions. To do otherwise would be bitter and harsh.
4. Similarly, a special place exists on our site for those people prepared to challenge convention -be it "school keep clear" or "do not block this junction" or even "bike lane do not enter in a car". In a society that pushes conformance and rule following, these rebels must be appreciated.

We also have coverage for bicycles, who we denounce for not paying taxes, not contributing to the recovery of the country's economy, and for creating congestion. If you think that these commentaries are some kind of sarcastic joke, then you'd have to conclude that most articles about transport in the daily mirror, the times or daily telegraph is some kind of sarcastic joke too. As that does not appear to be the case, please call us "a pro car media outlet" in future.

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http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/
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I have a feeling that I may regret letting "bristoltraffic" post on this forum. :mrgreen:

bristoltraffic wrote:We also have coverage for bicycles, who we denounce for
. . . . not paying taxes,
. . . . not contributing to the recovery of the country's economy,
. . . . and for creating congestion.

Bristoltraffic, please give us some more details about the reasoning behind these items.
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Graham wrote:I have a feeling that I may regret letting "bristoltraffic" post on this forum. :mrgreen:

bristoltraffic wrote:We also have coverage for bicycles, who we denounce for
. . . . not paying taxes,
. . . . not contributing to the recovery of the country's economy,
. . . . and for creating congestion.

Bristoltraffic, please give us some more details about the reasoning behind these items.


1. Failure to participate in the vehicle scrappage scheme or otherwise kick-start the economy

Car retail outlets need your money, Britain needs your road and fuel taxes. Yet you cycle around, and if you have a car it is probably old but only has 5000 miles on it and so doesnt need replacing. http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/2009/08 ... onomy.html

2. Tax avoidance

Now, if you want to portray your greenness and not pay road tax, you can buy a hybrid. We believe that because of the greenness, hybrid cars should be allowed to use bus lanes for driving and parking without any penalty. It is only through such immediate rewards that Britain's drivers will move to a greener transport system: http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/search/label/prius

Note that we also denounce horses and pedestrians too: http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/search/label/horses
Horse riders think the road was made for them!

3. Congestion

Bikes slow down important car drivers. We know we are more important as the DoT cost estimates of wasted time value our time more than bicycle, foot or bus traffic. Bus lanes and bike lanes reduce traffic flow and create congestion. Pedestrian crossing times on junctions reduce traffic flow and create congestion.

In London, Boris is on our side and trying to reduce times for pedestrians to cross. This not only filters out the slow, the week, but discourages people from walking, which benefits us. http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/2009/03 ... again.html

That leaves bus and bike lanes. Bike lanes we plan to deal with by having a government make cycling subject to ASBO orders, so that leaves bus lanes.

Our plan here is to move the buses off our roads. Where to? The Bristol and Bath Railway path. Once we get buses on here, the bus lanes get opened up for us cars. Yet all the cyclists in the city fought back against a perfectly rational proposal -even though they'd get a narrow bit of tarmac alongside most of the bus route to keep them happy.

That's why cyclists create congestion: they'd rather have a green and pleasant route to walk or cycle along than allow us to push buses off our roads and so benefit car and bus users. Always thinking of themselves. http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/2009/08 ... s-old.html
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Written by probably the most sarcastic person in Bristol


Nope, I don't see it. :D
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Graham
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Ah, you almost had me then, Bristol traffic. I almost took it for real . . .

Thanks. I had a good chuckle. Carry on the good work.
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Great!
A well-reasoned and eloquently-put argument.
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Graham wrote:Ah, you almost had me then, Bristol traffic. I almost took it for real . . .

Thanks. I had a good chuckle. Carry on the good work.


You are mistaking us for some kind of spoof. Merely because our well-argued case is incompatible with your assumptions, you are assuming we are at fault.

However, if you spend time on our site you would realise that our arguments are no different from the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph "bicycles kill more people than terrorists", the RAC and AA "driving to school makes us British" and everything in Top Gear. Are you implying that Jeremy Clarkson is in fact a fictional character made up to provide some kind of ironic joke to cyclists? We dont think so, and we fail to see why we should be treated any different.

The Bristol Traffic Project aims to provide a photograph with commentary at least once a day, on traffic related issues in the Bristol area. No satire, no sarcasm, just a document of the suffering we have to through under anti-car NuLabour and its minions in local government. You are welcome to visit our site, even contribute photographs and commentary, but satire? The joke is on you my two wheeled tax-dodgers.

http://bristolcars.blogspot.com/
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Thanks. I had a good chuckle. Carry on the good work


Yes, me too. The bit on the 4x4s and their antics was the funniest thing I've seen in a while.


As regards Jeremy Clarkson being made up - well yes in a sense he is. He's on record as saying he's paid to repeat the same tired old line time and time again - if he suddenly said he was concerned for the environment nobody would believe him. Hence he's trapped into just churning out the same themes even though he himself may have long since stopped believing them.

After all who'd believe Richard Hammond and his family are very keen caravanners (and he a keen cyclist) given the mockery on Top Gear. Pay a presenter enough and he'll say or write anything.

Jan
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