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  1. edinburgh87
    Member

    Not Edinburgh but Jesus wept..

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-wiltshire-46658823

    Posted 8 months ago #
  2. Frenchy
    Member

    "King Arthur said because byways had recently been closed off, it left people "with nowhere to park" and unable to reach the stones in time for the sunrise."

    Glorious.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  3. wingpig
    Member

    Soul Cycles' giant van at Straiton, narrowing one of the key car park channels to one-way.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  4. crowriver
    Member

    More on the henge solstice parking madness:

    Stonehenge: High Court overturns ban on byways traffic

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-46650880

    Posted 7 months ago #
  5. ejstubbs
    Member

    https://twitter.com/therealejstubbs/status/1091280633605906433

    (Actually yesterday but the point is nonetheless valid, I feel.)

    Posted 6 months ago #
  6. Trixie
    Member

    "Edinburgh Tram passengers are facing delays this morning due to a parked car blocking the line."

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/edinburgh-tram-delays-due-to-parked-car-on-tracks-1-4870008

    Posted 6 months ago #
  7. ejstubbs
    Member

    Unless it was done deliberately to disrupt the trams (and TBH nothing would surprise me - there are still people who haven't got over the fact of their* existence) I don't think that car's "parked". It looks to me more like the driver got disorientated, drove on to the tracks by mistake and then panicked and abandoned their vehicle.

    * By "their existence" I mean the existence of the trams. Although it's perfectly possible that some people haven't actually come to terms with the simple fact of their own existence. In fact I can feel a bit like that myself some days...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  8. acsimpson
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  9. Frenchy
    Member

    Interesting article. I seem to be missing the connection to parking, though.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  10. acsimpson
    Member

    The tenuous link was this in ejstubbs post:

    ...some people haven't actually come to terms with the simple fact of their own existence...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  11. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

  12. Frenchy
    Member

    Some people are just...wow...

    Someone had parked here on the Royal Mile today, which was causing predictable problems.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  13. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    I'm not entirely sure it counts as "parking", but there's the biggest skip I've ever seen currently blocking the entire pavement on Leith Walk at The Black Fox.

    I've tweeted @edinhelp, but I don't expect they'll do anything. I'm tempted to phone 101, but they'd probably tell me to rule 2 off.

    Link to tweet with a couple of pics

    Posted 6 months ago #
  14. dougal
    Member

    Skip on Leith Walk still there 8am today. Also within that region there is a sign saying "cycle path closed ahead" which had been folded up and leaned against a bike rack; a sign saying "road works ahead" blocking the cycle path (is that the closure they meant?) and no actual works on the cycle path - they're on the road.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  15. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    At ~13:15 yesterday, the cycle path was closed from just past Albert Street, but all the signs were folded up and put at the side when I passed at about 19:00, and the only obstruction was one roadworks sign taking up half the cycle path width (Probably the same one you're referring to).

    I guess they're only closing the cycle path when the people are actually working there, which is good if so.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  16. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    Slightly off-topic - I find it amusing that the cycle lane is blocked by signage so often, that the current Google Street View has it blocked too...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  17. Arellcat
    Moderator

    the current Google Street View has it blocked too

    If the sign were placed on the road, it would then block that lane, and an additional sign would be needed in the roadway further back to warn road users that the lane was closed ahead, and an additional sign would be needed in the roadway further back to warn road users that the lane was closed ahead, and an additional sign would be needed in the roadway further back to warn road users that the lane was closed ahead.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  18. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    The skip was still there as of 2pm, now with red and white tape around it, connected to the buildings - so blocking even more of the pavement.

    The cycle lane was closed again, and the inside lane / bus lane at the skip was empty and coned off, so no reason it couldn't go there.

    Additionally; I can't see how that skip can be picked up without the pickup lorry driving on the pavement. It's a road traffic offence for any vehicle with an operating weight of over 7.5 tonnes to even stop on the pavement.

    If it's still there when I pass this evening, I'll report it to 101.

    EDIT: A prompt reply from @edinhelp, saying I should contact the council skip permit folk. Who unfortunately slack off at 1pm...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  19. jonty
    Member

    The signs stuff really annoys me because they are almost never necessary. Why on earth are multiple motorway-style lane closure warning signs required on a 20mph road? There seems to be no need for them when there's a lorry legally loading in exactly the same place as the closure despite it having exactly the same effect. If signs are really necessary eg. for diversions, there's no reason they can't be tied to lamp posts or existing signage - this might even make them more visible on wider roads.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    Lot of grubbins on and next to the sliver of segregated path that takes you down to the innocent. 8am and 12.30pm anyway

    Posted 6 months ago #
  21. jonty
    Member

    Oh yeah that was blocked on Sunday too. I thought about calculating what percentage of Edinburgh's segregated infrastructure was implicitly closed. I think that combination is probably 50%+

    Posted 6 months ago #
  22. dougal
    Member

    @jonty The irony of course is that the Road Works signs situated on the pavement aren't even visible from the road because of all the vehicles (double) parked between open lanes and signs. Literally all they achieve is blocking the pavement.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  23. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    I phoned the council skip permit folk - apparently if it's on the pavement it's almost certainly an illegal one, because they should normally be placed on the road.

    I pointed out that it's blocking the entire pavement, it'll be damaging the slabs, has been there for 2 days, and it can almost certainly not be legally picked up, since it's illegal for a skip lorry to be on the pavement for any reason (more or less).

    The guy I spoke to said he's going to contact the area manager and "get it looked into". Whatever that means...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  24. dougal
    Member

    The skip wasn't there this morning ~8am.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  25. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    Bah, typical. It was there at ~7pm last night.

    Oh well, hopefully it won't be coming back.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  26. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    Aaand the skip is back. To make things worse, the cycle path is open, so everyone is milling into it to go around the skip.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  27. ejstubbs
    Member

    Sounds like another call to the council skip people may be needed. Also worth reporting to 101 because it is clearly causing an obstruction.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  28. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    It seems that there's plenty of people reporting this to the council: https://twitter.com/AndrewBurnie/status/1098515262427615232

    Latest from @edinhelp is: "Good morning, I appreciate all the tweets that are coming in due to concerns of this skip still being on the pavement. I have been in contact with the roads team, they have informed me that they are doing there best to get this skip removed as soon as possible."

    Posted 6 months ago #
  29. neddie
    Member

    I watched this fella drive illegally over the pavement (from where I was standing to take the picture) to get there. It definitely wasn't lifted in by crane.

    He appears to be taking his packet of biscuits wrapper to the bin. I suppose we should be grateful he isn't adding to his illegality by littering.

    Untitled by Ed, on Flickr

    Posted 6 months ago #
  30. edinburgh87
    Member

    I had cause to leave work later this evening (Crewe Toll to Midlothian via Melville Drive) and was astounded at the amount of cars parked in the nortbound 'cycleway' on Melville Drive. Looked like it was to do with various "boot camps", running clubs etc which were going on. A bit thoughtless to be honest! Is that normal? I'm usually passing through pre 7am or 16-1700..just curious.

    Posted 6 months ago #

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