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Walkway menace

By Phemie 11 July 2010 47

We have a walkway beside our house.  It is used by push bikes, walkers, joggers, dog walkers and kids going to the primary school one way and the high school the other way.  It is also used as a secluded place to chat or skateboard by the local adolescents.  However, recently drivers of four wheel drive vehicles have started using it as a short cut or an opportunity to demonstrate their prowess at the wheel.

It is not easy to get through the narrow walk way and avoid the treated pine bollards, the lamppost, the electricity box and overhanging trees and other vegetation.  If the  complication of a not very athletic dog walker is added to the challenge; I do not think that the errant four wheel drive handler will be able to avoid a collision and I am certain that the dog walker will have no options to get out of the way.

I suppose that there are some positives.  A clean Canberra city four wheel drive vehicle will be able to get some off road experience and some dirt and terrified Shih tzu under its wheels.  The noisy socializing of adolescents will no longer be a feature of the walk way and reluctant joggers have a valid reason to avoid exercising due to the high risk of injury.  However, I am not happy as I have to cross the walk way to put out my wheelie bins and one time the wheelie bin and I nearly went flying.

How can I prevent this menace?  A phone call to TAMS resulted in the information that they could not limit the access of the grass cutter and nothing could be done.  Is it illegal to use walk ways as roads?  Can I ask for  a zebra crossing so that I can safely put out the garbage? What about a school zone speed limit for the school kids and an aged sign for the elderly dog walkers?  Come on Canberra, we used to be a caring community.  Stop this pointless inconsiderate practice and drive your vehicles on the road.

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DBCooper 2:30 pm 24 Jul 10

chrisi said :

a photo or video of the four wheel drive mid way down the path (that also shows their number plate) is all that’s needed for the boys in blue to pay them a visit. just try and take it from an angle that doesnt clearly show ‘who’ took it ;). plenty of previous stories where police will take action against negligent driving based on video footage (thank goodness for idiots and Utube) :).

I’m not sure if this is the walkway you speak of? But it is a video showing illegal driving within the ACT. And the License number on the truck is clearly visible. I don’t cooperate with Law Enforcement but for those reckless enough to……..it might be worth a shot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DBq4_WBgzc

chrisi 3:22 pm 23 Jul 10

a photo or video of the four wheel drive mid way down the path (that also shows their number plate) is all that’s needed for the boys in blue to pay them a visit. just try and take it from an angle that doesnt clearly show ‘who’ took it ;). plenty of previous stories where police will take action against negligent driving based on video footage (thank goodness for idiots and Utube) :).

niftydog 4:23 pm 21 Jul 10

Great news – TAMS have already installed a bollard where I requested it and it’s only been a week since I reported the incident!

Say what you will about TAMS, but I’ve had astonishing success with them in the last 12 months.

I highly recommend you ignore your prejudice and just try ringing them to report your concerns. You might be pleasantly surprised.

CharlieMaii 10:19 pm 16 Jul 10

georgesgenitals said :

RUN OUT AFTER THEM WITH A BIG CHAINSAW REVVING UP AND SCREAM AND CUT THEM UP.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

I have yet to find a situation in which a really big chainsaw solved all my problems. When I do, I’ll let you know. 🙂

DBCooper 6:23 am 14 Jul 10

georgesgenitals said :

RUN OUT AFTER THEM WITH A BIG CHAINSAW REVVING UP AND SCREAM AND CUT THEM UP.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Hear Ye Hear Ye!

Good Idea!There’s a lot to be said for the often underappreciated offlabel uses of a chainsaw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6bWZhvvZQM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9DhM6G-hzU

Phemie 9:43 pm 13 Jul 10

Some excellent ideas. Big thanks to all, particularly Niftydog for confirming that this is something that I should be concerned about.

Some things I have already tried, such as Postalgeek’s suggestion of blocking the way for vehicles with a star picket with a brightly coloured ball on top. I did this and the picket was bent flat along with three others in one day before I gave up.

I did get the number of the vehicle that nearly knocked me down and found it in a nearby street. When I pointed out the dangers to the driver, he promised never to do it again and as far as I am aware he has stuck by his word. But others use it.

I intend to approach TAMS again with more determination and resolve. I think that the best solution is to prevent vehicle access. I’ll write to the Minister if that fails. Thanks for all other suggestions – unfortunately I’m just not a big chainsaw toting type of gal, but it’s an idea that is not without merit.

georgesgenitals 2:53 pm 13 Jul 10

Postalgeek said :

georgesgenitals said :

georgesgenitals said :

RUN OUT AFTER THEM WITH A BIG CHAINSAW REVVING UP AND SCREAM AND CUT THEM UP.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Sorry guys – my idiot house guest strikes again.

And there was me thinking that was the most entertaining thing you’ve ever said.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was funny. Just not my kinda funny.

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