To want to smash illegally parked cars after I just almost got knocked off bike?

(145 Posts)
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 16:36:27

I am so MAD it's not even describable. I live in an area of loads of victorian terraces...it's very naice and everything but these people park their bastard cars all up the roads and half on the paths making it treacherous for cyclists and pedestrians.

I just turned left into the next street on my bike (on the road) having checked there was no oncoming traffic. As I began cycling off, a car was coming in the opposite direction at quite a speed....probably not above the legal limit though...he did however get so close to me that he knocked the brake almost off the bike and caused me to clatter and clunk along the side of his car...this was due to A his speed and B the fact that the whole side of the road is taken up by fucking CARS where it should be FREE for ME to ride!

angry

I was very apologetic and the driver was white....he kept saying "are you alright?" and I realise now that it was probably more his fault than mine...I was worried about his car!

I never got hurt...but that's because I had the strength to lever me and the bike away from the car and keep my feet clear...causing me to be sort of sandwiched between the moving car and the parked one.

What can i DO??? I have complained about the cars parking there before and they told me they'd ticket them all...then nothing happens!

babyhmummy01 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:38:07

Call police and report it as an accident

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 16:38:38

I literally feel like taking a hammer to the lazy bastard's cars. DH says "but where will they park?"

I DON'T CARE WHERE THEY PARK!!!! I care that a kid wouldn't have had the speed or the strength or the calmness to have been ok in the situation I was just in and I care that people pushing buggies and wheelchairs have to go on the ROAD because these people are using the PATH for their vehicles!!!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 16:38:57

baby I don't have the number plate!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 18-Jul-13 16:41:51

I'd log it with the police too. Maybe, if they get enough reports, they will do something about the state of the parking.

babyhmummy01 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:44:20

I would still report it and explain that it wasn't the drivers fault but due to the cars that are parked, although if there are no yellow lines then the cars can park on the side of the road. It's down to other road users to judge if they can traverse the road without damaging the cars parked or injuring other road users.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 16:46:53

Shall I complain to the council?

AntlersInAllOfMyDecorating Thu 18-Jul-13 16:46:53

Is it legal for them to park there? I.e is it an ordinary road but narrow so people park half over the pavement, or are there restrictions such as lines or permits?

Thurlow Thu 18-Jul-13 16:48:38

I'd call the police as well. But I hate this, I live in a similar area that's just not designed for cars parked on both sides of the road. The amount of places I struggle to get around with a pushchair because people have parked over the crossing (well, the dipped bit) or on corners, and that's with a single buggy, god knows what people with a double buggy or a wheelchair do.

Somedays I want to walk around my town with a notepad and leave little smiley notes on people's cars - "thank you so much for blocking the crossing" or "I really appreciated having to push the buggy through a pile of mud in someone's front garden because you've parked across the entire pavement." Passive aggressive and twattish no doubt, but I'd love to do it. Though obviously none of that is anywhere near as bad as nearly having an accident.

I guess the difficulty is though that there are just too many cars and nowhere to park them. A victorian road doesn't have enough room for people to park outside their house.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 16:48:48

i don't know Antlers....there are some lines but Ive never looked properly...

SoupDragon Thu 18-Jul-13 16:49:17

The fault lies with the other driver, not the parked cars.

diddl Thu 18-Jul-13 16:54:07

Were there cars both sides?

If so, it was your right of way wasn't it-because you were already passing the parked cars-& because you are a bike?

I'm in Germany & rarely cycle on the roads.

But when I do & there's nothing my side, it really pisses me off the amount of drivers who in passing parked cars leave me very little room.

It's hard to hold your part of the road when there's a car coming at you!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 18-Jul-13 16:59:52

The parked cars are an issue if, as the OP says, they are forcing pedestrians into the road. It is only a matter of time until someone is seriously hurt.

HeySoulSister Thu 18-Jul-13 17:01:37

the car was already coming up the street when you turned left?

AntlersInAllOfMyDecorating Thu 18-Jul-13 17:01:39

Ok, so it sounds like the street is too narrow for two lines of parked cars and enough room in the road for two cars to pass. Common in many old streets - you see either people drive down and pass in places, or long term they start parking half over the curb and half over the pavement. Neither solution is odeal, arguably the second is better for road users. Either way, assuming this is an area they can legally park in, even if they then park illegally on the curb, then the issue isn't parked cars - they and stationary obstacle will always be there. It is up to the individual to respond to conditions. Going near the speed limit sounds stupid in such conditions. I find that more annoying, people will the idea you keep at thirty as the minimum speed, not the limit.

AntlersInAllOfMyDecorating Thu 18-Jul-13 17:02:43

What soupdragon said - and more concisely!

LRDYaDumayuIThink Thu 18-Jul-13 17:40:58

I think if you didn't see what road markings there were, you need to check before you decide the cars shouldn't be parked there. And I agree, it sounds as if it was the driver's fault (and very scary for you).

I wonder if maybe as well as reporting it, if there aren't double yellows and there is parking allowed, you could also get in touch with the council and tell them what a hazard it is? And if there are double yellows and the cars are parked illegally, when you report it, tell them that. If enough people make a fuss they are more likely to get a parking warden to toughen up/visit more regularly.

theodorakisses Thu 18-Jul-13 17:44:43

If so much as threatened to take a hammer to my car I would report you and persue it, what a ridiculous thing to say. Then you wonder why people call cyclists car hating aggressive bullies?

HeySoulSister Thu 18-Jul-13 17:46:15

out of interest op,where do you expect everyone to park?

the uk is full of these types of streets

Sparklingbrook Thu 18-Jul-13 17:48:38

That sounds really frightening Neo. Glad you are ok. Definitely report to the Police.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 17:52:19

Soul yes...the street is VERY long...so there should have been plenty of time...I was well on the road and on my way...the oncoming car should have stopped really. He risked it.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Jul-13 17:53:24

Soul I really don't care where they park...up their own petrol guzzling arses if they like! smile

There are plenty of car parks and garages for hire close by. I suppose they're too lazy to walk though.

NUFC69 Thu 18-Jul-13 19:00:13

We have a problem with cars parked on the pavement here, too. I was talking about it to my DSis and she said that the police in their village have adopted a pragmatic approach - cars can park on the pavement, but there must be room for a double buggy to get through the space which means, of course, that there is also room for a wheelchair. This is actually rigidly enforced and seemed like a really good compromise to me. Not that it helps you, OP, in the situation you were in. Tbh it does sound as if the driver was at fault. Hope you're feeling ok?

VivaLeBeaver Thu 18-Jul-13 19:12:28

Unless there's yellow lines then they can park on the road. They shouldn't be half on the pavement but if they get ticketed for that they'll just park fully on the road making it even narrower for cars and cycles. So maybe be careful what you wish for!

Sounds like it was the other cars fault, that he didn't appreciate how much room he needed. His fault, not the parked cars.

WMittens Thu 18-Jul-13 20:20:01

I'm sorry to hear you had such a close shave, the driver sounds reckless.

where it should be FREE for ME to ride!

This bit is unreasonable - you have no more right to use that road than
anyone else.

Also, re parked cars: yes they're an annoyance but they are a static hazard - everyone: pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, needs to adjust their behaviour when they approach a hazard.

Assume everyone else on the road is an idiotic moron and you won't be disappointed.

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