intrusions on the pavement

mustang1

Guru
Location
London, UK
Walking around in the city of London, I notice the pavement has:
Lampposts, bollards (or whatever you call those metal sticks that stop drivers parking on the pavement), parking meters, traffic lights control boxes, parking posts that allow motorcyclists to chain their motorcycles up to the posts, poles that have signs attached to them to show drivers when they can or can't park.

All these things are on the pavement which are already narrow enough and unable to adequately hold the number of pedestrians.

The roads are all clear, no intrusions. Most of the things on the sidewalk are for the benefit of motorists.

Just sayin.
 

deptfordmarmoset

Full time tea drinker
Location
Armonmy Way
It's the same round here. Barely room for buggies in some places.
 

Levo-Lon

Guru
You need to write a letter or better still put a sign up ?

Street furniture is a pain, and dangerouse for the most part.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Those knee high, thigh high or worse groin high bollards are an utter terror in the rush hour when the pavements are full of people! :ohmy:
 

Shut Up Legs

Down Under Member
Walking around in the city of London, I notice the pavement has:
Lampposts, bollards (or whatever you call those metal sticks that stop drivers parking on the pavement), parking meters, traffic lights control boxes, parking posts that allow motorcyclists to chain their motorcycles up to the posts, poles that have signs attached to them to show drivers when they can or can't park.

All these things are on the pavement which are already narrow enough and unable to adequately hold the number of pedestrians.

The roads are all clear, no intrusions. Most of the things on the sidewalk are for the benefit of motorists.

Just sayin.
Everything's for the benefit of motorists, and directed towards worship of the Almighty Motor Vehicle:
  • bike lanes;
  • those stupid 2-part pedestrian crossings mentioned in another recent thread;
  • the biased legal system (and I'm not just having a go at the UK, here, because Australia also has this anti-cyclist bias in its legal system).
No doubt more could be added to that list, but I'm getting depressed just thinking about it. :sad:
 

Wobblers

Euthermic
Location
Minkowski Space
Don't forget the parked cars. Well, it's entirely unreasonable to expect anyone to be forced to walk an extra 20 metres from their car, isn't it?
 

Sara_H

Guru
Arrrrghhh! Don't get me started!!!

The road across from my work has been closed for major roadworks that are set to last for 18 months. Th pavement is still open.
The pavement leading up to the turn off for the road closure is littered with signs about the closed road. At one point the signs were placed in such a way that the pavement was completely blocked for wheelchair users.
It improved slightly after "someone" complained, but it irritates me every time I go by!!!
 
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mustang1

mustang1

Guru
Location
London, UK
No doubt the non cyclists will complain about bikes parked against (public) lamp posts and other such poles dotted around the pavement.

Other stuff I thought of:
Scaffolding that comes out into the pavement, shop signs (come in and have a coffee, we are open, business as usual), road signs to signify narrow roads etc (the irony of road signs in the pavement!).

@Sara_H : yup there is plenty of building work going in around my area too with blocked off sidewalks etc.

@Turbo Rider : the number of times I wrote sidewalk then delete it.... Im glad you appreciate my "correct" use of the word :smile:
 

Beebo

Firm and Fruity
Location
Hexleybeef
A pavement is part of the public highway, and there are loads of islands, narrow sections and other road furniture in the roads of london too.
 

Drago

Guest
Where in London are there signs planted in the middle of the road they way they often are on the footway?
 
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