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Parking on the 'wrong' side of the road

Parking on the 'wrong' side of the road

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Mafioso

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2,243 posts

119 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Why do people do this (ie. parallel parked facing oncoming traffic)? It's down right bloody dangerous especially when they're poking out trying to see what's coming and I'm on my pushbike swerving out of the way!

Is there anything in the highway code that says you shouldn't do this? I'm assuming there is...

Ian974

1,934 posts

104 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Quick and easy park on 'wrong' side in a massive row of available spaces, or hold up traffic attempting to get into a difficult space on the 'right' side of the road?
People don't intentionally drive over to the other side of the road to park, there will generally be a sensible reason for it.

LeeThr

3,039 posts

76 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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I do this if its either the only spaces availible. Or if its absolutly dead and its clooser to where I want to go especially if its raining.
However If its fairly busy and would be dangerous or cause a big hold up then I will either find somewhere else to park. Or go find somewhere quiet to turn around and come back so im parking on the right side of the road.

Mr Sparkle

1,898 posts

75 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Use off-street parking areas, or bays marked out with white lines on the road as parking places, wherever possible.
If you have to stop on the roadside:
-do not park facing against the traffic flow,
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You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.

alcovrugbyfan

351 posts

64 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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if you park facing the wrong way at night and your car gets hit, the insurance will not pay out. I know someone who went through this a couple of years ago.
I did warn him as well but as always it was the "i'll be alright" attitude.
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Meoricin

2,755 posts

74 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Mr Sparkle said:
239
Use off-street parking areas, or bays marked out with white lines on the road as parking places, wherever possible.
If you have to stop on the roadside:
-do not park facing against the traffic flow,
...

248
You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.

Complex

436 posts

80 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Just make sure you don't turn your headlights on whilst on the wrong side of the road and scare the st out of whomever is coming in the opposite direction.

HellDiver

5,708 posts

87 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Pedal cyclist in people parking on the road complaint shocker.

The Dirty Bubble

726 posts

109 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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I live in london, and you really dont have a choice. Its a traffic offence in Oz though, as I recently discovered.

edo

15,141 posts

170 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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It is illegal to do this in the good old US of A is it not?

agxster

393 posts

86 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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edo said:
It is illegal to do this in the good old US of A is it not?
yes i think it is. I did this in LA once and my friends who lived there who were in my rental car asked me what the f* I was doing. biggrin

kambites

48,221 posts

126 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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yes In the UK it's perfectly legal to do in a proper parking bay, although personally I tend to try to avoid it because it does make it harder to get out again. If there isn't a marked bay, it's illegal to park facing the wrong way at night, and strongly frowned upon even during the day.

If you're finding that people pulling out of separate spaces are a problem when you're cycling, you may be cycling too close to the side of the road/parked cars? You should be at least far enough out that if someone opens a door without looking it wont hit you (which means a good meter) and that should be far enough out that someone edging out to see what's coming isn't a problem.

Edited by kambites on Monday 28th February 12:43

F i F

27,622 posts

156 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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People are just so ineffably stupid.

Yesterday, here on the left hand side of the road as the picture is looking sat a Volve S80 (I think) facing the wrong way.

Front wheels were just up onto the raised crossing so his headlights were raised and shining right in the eyes of oncoming traffic. His fat wife was standing on the crossing, was she wanting to cross? Was she wanting to walk round and get in the car? Who in hell knew.

But don't look all bewildered and upset because the traffic stopped for you, we can't read your minds whilst being blinded you stupid fat ignorant uncaring bds.

Ever a case for eugenics these two were it.

/rant.

morrellski

114 posts

73 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Its illegal in Australia has a $147 fine!

mattmurdock

1,286 posts

138 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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agxster said:
edo said:
It is illegal to do this in the good old US of A is it not?
yes i think it is. I did this in LA once and my friends who lived there who were in my rental car asked me what the f* I was doing. biggrin
Definitely illegal in California, but it varies from state to state.

DrTre

12,955 posts

137 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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HellDiver said:
Pedal cyclist in people parking on the road complaint shocker.
What on earth does that have to do with anything?

Pork

9,171 posts

139 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Illegal in NZ too, I believe.

Dogwatch

4,237 posts

127 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Complex said:
Just make sure you don't turn your headlights on whilst on the wrong side of the road and scare the st out of whomever is coming in the opposite direction.
...or worse, leave them on whilst parked. Was making my way along a two-way road with cars parked either side and about enough room for two vehicles to pass in the middle. Berk parked wrong-way with his headlights on which completely hid his female passenger standing by the passenger door presumably waiting for the traffic to clear. Just thankful I wasn't driving anything wider than a Focus.

Haytch

168 posts

65 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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kambites said:
If you're finding that people pulling out of separate spaces are a problem when you're cycling, you may be cycling too close to the side of the road/parked cars? You should be at least far enough out that if someone opens a door without looking it wont hit you (which means a good meter) and that should be far enough out that someone edging out to see what's coming isn't a problem.

Edited by kambites on Monday 28th February 12:43
I'm not saying you are wrong, as it sounds justifiable but if a cyclist was atleast a metre away from parked cars they would be in the middle of the road holding up everyone.

kambites

48,221 posts

126 months

Monday 28th February 2011
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Haytch said:
I'm not saying you are wrong, as it sounds justifiable but if a cyclist was atleast a metre away from parked cars they would be in the middle of the road holding up everyone.
That's still how the highway code tells you to cycle. When overtaking a cyclist, you're meant to give them as much room as you would give a car, which typically means you shouldn't overtake if there's a car coming the other way anyway.

If there aren't places to safely overtake, the cyclist should pull over regularly to let drivers past in the same way that a tractor would (or at least should).