Epping Rd cycleway, home to Lane Cove's laziest car parkers

The Epping Rd cycleway between Centennial Av and Orion Rd has only been open for a few weeks. The cyleway is painted bright green to denote its purpose, and more signage will follow. Despite this some residents of Epping Rd are treating it as a new parking area. This makes it difficult and dangerous for cyclists to squeze throught in the gap between the cars and the concrete strip next to the bus lane. It is even worsre if cyclists travelling in opposite directions need to pass here.

This is very selfish behaviour by the car owners. Before the cycleway, there was no street parking in this section of Epping Rd. All these properties have garages, but residents insist on parking their cars in the path of cyclists. This cycleway is one of the few dedicated facilities in the area and it is being spoilt by a minority of lazy car drivers.

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Comment by Colin on June 1, 2008 at 7:32pm
Heh, maybe this is one for Rate the Plate.
Comment by Peter H on June 2, 2008 at 9:13am
Not as bad as the White Nissan who parks on the paved section at the bottom of the hill. That monkey manages to take the two cycle lanes plus the pedestrian lane. I need to get some pictures of them. Maybe we can have a dedicated forum entry for people like this.
Comment by naomi on June 2, 2008 at 1:25pm
Can you actually report cars doing this? We had the ranger book all the cars on our narrow st recently for having a wheel up on the curb (because cars go way too fast and cars have been hit and left in the past) so surely they could get some revenue by booking these guys!
Comment by James on June 2, 2008 at 2:43pm
see that wing mirror, it would be a terrible shame if it got knocked by a passing cyclist, or if the paintwork was scratched. . .terrible terrible shame, but some might say inevitable really.
Comment by Peter H on June 2, 2008 at 8:31pm
Here is another caring motorist - this motorist cares so much for the environment, he/she does not want to damage the grass by having two wheels on it. No it is right in the middle of the cycle lane for them.

The first photo - taken with my phone:

And here is the another shot with my ATC-2K:

Comment by KimR on June 2, 2008 at 9:04pm
Still no street sign up so can't call in the rangers just yet. Although I like the idea of reporting them for a wheel on the curb. Looks like APS 43R has made it almost impossible for a cyclist to pass. There is a driveway ride in front, they could have at least parked there and only block the footpath.
Comment by Peter H on June 2, 2008 at 9:55pm
Here is a feasible solution that the council should consider - Bollards

Comment by Duncan on June 2, 2008 at 10:34pm
Time to ride a trashed junk find down there and 'not notice in time' the car in the bike lane.

Ooooh.. sorry, did I run into the back of your car? Wasn't expecting it there.
Comment by Duncan on June 2, 2008 at 10:37pm
I like the bollard idea.. can they be surreptitiously installed in the middle of the night? Say, to the immediate front and back of all offending vehicles? A couple of those explosive dynabolts into the pavement should do the trick pretty fast.
Comment by Peter H on June 3, 2008 at 8:50am
With all the fog around, maybe talcum powder over the windscreen would make the motorists see a bit clearer. Perhaps with "NO PARKING" written in the talc with a finger. Or perhaps, some brake fluid across the paint work. Nah, that would be lowering ourselves to their level. Though, I occasionally carry my keys in my hand...


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