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Walkway menace

Phemie 12 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 12:58 pm 13 Jul 10

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.

niftydog niftydog 12:39 pm 13 Jul 10

buzz819 said :

So I’m guessing you never called the Police, so your statement about them not doing anything was fictitious? Good work…

You can guess, assume, read between the lines, or make up shit all day long for all I care.

The reality is that I attended a police station and they advised me there was little they could do given they were not called to the scene.

At no stage did I suggest that the cops were being unhelpful.

buzz819 buzz819 12:06 pm 13 Jul 10

niftydog said :

When the cops or the court system can provide my wife with a new left leg we’ll be interested.

Aenveigh and myself have both had success with TAMs, again I encourage you all to make contact and express your concerns.

So I’m guessing you never called the Police, so your statement about them not doing anything was fictitious? Good work…

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:30 am 13 Jul 10

georgesgenitals said :

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

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

+1

lobster lobster 11:05 am 13 Jul 10

I assume that peple saying to put spikes in there are just joking.
Don’t do this as all it takes is a child stepping on it or even tripping over and falling on it to turn nasty.

prhhcd prhhcd 10:18 am 13 Jul 10

MelonHead said :

DIY bollard for the corner blocks that people cut across: 6ft of heavy steel eg railway line, 6 or 7 bags of quick set cement, and a medium sized cardboard box.

That won’t all fit in the box. No, the box sits over the steel after the cement dries in the big hole you’ve dug in the path of unwanted vehicles.

Worked a treat many years ago for a friend in Belconnen.

Can you explain in more detail? I am trying to imagine how 6 feet of steel interact with a cardboard box…..
Intriguing.
I may or may not live on a corner block…..

niftydog niftydog 9:19 am 13 Jul 10

When the cops or the court system can provide my wife with a new left leg we’ll be interested.

Aenveigh and myself have both had success with TAMs, again I encourage you all to make contact and express your concerns.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 2:07 am 13 Jul 10

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.

MelonHead MelonHead 9:53 pm 12 Jul 10

DIY bollard for the corner blocks that people cut across: 6ft of heavy steel eg railway line, 6 or 7 bags of quick set cement, and a medium sized cardboard box.

That won’t all fit in the box. No, the box sits over the steel after the cement dries in the big hole you’ve dug in the path of unwanted vehicles.

Worked a treat many years ago for a friend in Belconnen.

Aenveigh Aenveigh 7:55 pm 12 Jul 10

I’d definitely get onto TAMS re: bollard or similar. I’ve had a couple of issues dealt with in less than 4 weeks (one took only 12 days!) so they can clearly action something quickly. I find the trick is to do (as has been done here) write a succinct summary of what is happening, the risks/possible consequences, and provide a suggested (cheap and easy) solution.

The officer receiving the complaint then sees it as a no-brainer, and can easily tick off the item with minimal fuss – and does so. You’ve just got to imagine you’re at the receiving end of the complaint – the TAMS employees are rational people too – if you’ve articulated the problem well they will also see it, and the last thing they want is to have received a written complaint that they did nothing about, and then have an accident related to the issue subsequently…

buzz819 buzz819 7:29 pm 12 Jul 10

niftydog said :

Mrs Nifty was knocked off her bike by a 4WD whilst riding on a footpath just three weeks ago. The driver seemed to have removed an obstruction at the end of a cul de sac and was driving around to the rear of his house to drop firewood. He was going too fast to avoid the collision as he rounded a blind corner.

Consequences:
The Driver; none (cops did not attend and could not do much after the fact, collision not on a public road, not a vehicular collision, no damage to his vehicle.)
Mrs Nifty; one broken leg, a lot of pain to deal with every day, months of rehab ahead, insurance claims, time off work, unable to drive, busted bike etc etc.

I contacted TAMS as I have had some success with similar requests in the past. Time will tell.

Last year after I reported witnessing a driver taking a pedestrian underpass as a shortcut they reassessed the area and installed a “vehicular restriction”. This all happened quite quickly, possibly in less than three months which is lightning fast for local government. Though coincidentally they were installing barriers in the area at the time, so perhaps it was just convenient. They made several phone calls to inform me of progress and I was frankly staggered at the excellent response I got.

Did you call the cops? The 4wd broke a number of laws and caused a collision, the Police would be VERY interested in that, Dangerous driving causing GBH or ABH – If you got the details of the driver and you still have the details you can still call them, I believe there is statute of limitations for that offence, but it is about 2 years – call them, don’t take no for an answer.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:33 pm 12 Jul 10

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

nhand42 nhand42 5:56 pm 12 Jul 10

niftydog said :

Mrs Nifty was knocked off her bike by a 4WD whilst riding on a footpath just three weeks ago. The driver seemed to have removed an obstruction at the end of a cul de sac and was driving around to the rear of his house to drop firewood. He was going too fast to avoid the collision as he rounded a blind corner.

Consequences:
The Driver; none (cops did not attend and could not do much after the fact, collision not on a public road, not a vehicular collision, no damage to his vehicle.)
Mrs Nifty; one broken leg, a lot of pain to deal with every day, months of rehab ahead, insurance claims, time off work, unable to drive, busted bike etc etc.

The cops are telling you bullshit. A person driving a motor vehicle illegally hit your wife resulting in serious injury. Keep making noise until the police get off their lazy donut-eating lard arses and do something.

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