Parking My Crate



Parking My Crate

Source: it’s my sense of humor, but ever since I came accross a post on Ian Walker’s Blog, I’ve been dying to give this a try and see how people react.  In fact, I think this is a perfect discussion to follow my  “So Where Should We Ride” post.  The hypothetical situation Mr. Walker explores is that he has

a really big wooden crate — it’s a little over 4 metres long and just under 2 metres wide — and it won’t fit in my house. I’m the only person who gets any benefit from my having this crate — indeed, my ownership of the crate is actually bad for you. I didn’t really care about the fact I had nowhere to keep the crate when I bought it; I wanted it and so I got it anyway. So now, because it won’t fit in my house, I’m just going to leave it in the street.

Think about this… how is it any different than people parking their personal automobiles on a public roadway in front of a private residence?  I’m sure I’d have the police on my doorstep in no time if I dropped a car size crate on the road in front of my house, but nothing would happen if I park my car out there.  Couple this with research by the electric car manufacturer that comes out of London where they found

that the average daily journey in urban areas is 23 miles, with the car at rest for 92% of each day

and that becomes a HUGE amount of infrastructure dedicated to the storage of personal items.  So what can be done about this?


  • MattyCiii
    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I see dozens of people and institutions using leaf blowers to blow their debris into the road (particulates into the air, etc.). I have a fantasy of strapping an electric leaf blower to the back of my bike, blowing roadway crap onto their sidewalks and lawns. It's all the same. Cars are the norm and are accepted. Us – well, we aren't.

  • Not-bitter
    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:34 am

    I am with MattyCii but, I am a little more militant about it to wit –

    If all you people who voted for Change and think it is fine for Brazil, China and Chile – but not USA – drill for offshore oil would put away your damn Land Rovers, mandate that your lawn care contractors use push brooms and rakes instead of greenhouse-gas-emitting, wildlife-frightening, petro guzzling moto-blowers you might begin to gain a shred of credibility with someone other than your trust-fund manager.