In which we explore the options for getting round Bristol (*), and the consequences of those decisions.
(*) Excluding Fishponds.
Have another look at that 'pavement'. I reckon it's slowly turning into a road. Notice the missing slabs being replaced by tarmac. It's more than 50% tarmac already. Nearly a road. This is stealth road-widening.So the van is probably right to park here. Which means you weren't cycling on the pavement...
I think at some point they widened the pavement, but then they also stuck up that extra triangle of shops in the middle of it, so the total area has remained constant. What the van was doing was cutting off the option of turning left from the road into the university car park, which is my normal sprog tow, so even road cycling was not convenient.
Quercus' observation reminds me of Flann O'brien's Third Policeman and the theory of molecular exchange between the policeman and his bicycle so that they eventually become one and the same.So it could be that pavement parking provokes a molecular exchange between road and pavement, via the car tyres, so that the two eventually become indistinguishable. Or has that already happened?
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