There’s ways to parallel park, then there’s this way to parallel park

Thursday, 20 February, 2014

Maybe this… example of parallel parking is a scene, or an out-take, from a film. Otherwise it seems to me that the driver would not only have scored an infringement notice for dangerous driving, but also, from what I can tell, parking on the wrong side of the street.

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A concise guide to the dark art of parallel parking

Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

Parallel parking, properly that is, is a not an art, or a skill, it’s simply a matter of following the instructions for doing so, properly:

I discovered this one day when, in the pre-enlightened state of “oh, I can’t parallel park very well” I decided one day that maybe I would just try doing exactly (literally) what the directions said, and found to my surprise that I parked absolutely perfectly. And I happened to be driving a rented minivan. After that day, I instantly became able to parallel park, having realized that parallel parking is not a “skill” that you “learn” (you don’t get better by “practicing”), all it is is doing exactly what the directions you originally learned said to do. It does not require judgment developed from practice, merely the mental fortitude to really follow the instructions and not deviate at all.

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I’m with the band, that means I can park where ever I want to

Monday, 20 August, 2012

While it hasn’t been so bad in recent years, once if you wandered around the streets surrounding Randwick Racecourse or Centennial Park while one of the summer music festivals was in progress, you would witness all manner of bizarre efforts attendees had made to park their cars.

Any space that could fit a car seemed to be fine, be that footpaths, driveways, or garage entrances. Forget the legalities and all, we have a gig to get to after all.

To get an idea of what I mean, check out this collection of photos taken in Kazakhstan, formerly part of the Soviet Union. I get the feeling though the people who parked these particular vehicles weren’t going along to any music festival.

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Forget all you know about parallel parking, here’s how to do it…

Monday, 4 June, 2012

There’s no such thing as a parking space that’s too tight, so long as the space in question is just a tad bigger – and we’re talking mere centimetres here – than the car you’re trying to park it in. The only problem though is that the method of doing so demonstrated here will most likely not go down well with parking police and the like.

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Do you mind if we talk about parking for a while?

Tuesday, 31 January, 2012

Having a garage, or dedicated space, to park our car is something most of us take for granted, even if we may be thankful for such a facility. But trying to park a car when we’re effectively competing with other drivers for a space, say at a shopping centre, can say a lot about us.

After 36 years, Shoup’s writings – usually found in obscure journals – can be reduced to a single question: What if the free and abundant parking drivers crave is about the worst thing for the life of cities? That sounds like a prescription for having the door slammed in your face; Shoup knows this too well. Parking makes people nuts. “I truly believe that when men and women think about parking, their mental capacity reverts to the reptilian cortex of the brain,” he says. “How to get food, ritual display, territorial dominance – all these things are part of parking, and we’ve assigned it to the most primitive part of the brain that makes snap fight-or-flight decisions. Our mental capacities just bottom out when we talk about parking.”

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The fear of going backwards, why we avoid reverse parking

Thursday, 17 February, 2011

It’s about time someone gave this topic some thought… I personally favour reverse parking as it allows for a faster get-away later on.

If you learned back-in parking, it makes sense to you and it becomes second nature. If you never learned it, it seems odd. “Contrary to popular belief, your vehicle does have a reverse gear” is how John Nawn, a transportation engineer based in Philadelphia, often begins presentations, alluding to the creeping societal discomfort of going backward.

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World Youth Day: one hour parking only

Monday, 19 May, 2008

World Youth Day parking sign

Signs like this have started springing up around the local streets, in the vicinity of Randwick Racecourse, in recent days.

I know Pope Benedict XVI needs to park the Popemobile somewhere when he arrives here for World Youth Day, but in reality the so called “special event parking areas” strike me as being futile.

First up local residents and business owners (or “WYD permit holders”) will still be able to park their cars here, in these zones, as usual.

Second, parking spots are already scarce as is, even when UNSW isn’t in session, and the vehicles usually parked hereabouts are virtually all residential, so the nett effect of the special parking zones will be about two parking spots.

In other words enough space, as I said, to park the Popemobile. Which I guess is ok, since everyone else attending the Pope’s mass at Randwick Racecourse will be walking there anyway.

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