Residents in one part of Bristol have blasted a Mercedes driver for what could well be the worst example of parking the city has ever seen.
Late last week and over the weekend, this black Mercedes driver carefully manoeuvred their car in between some new bollards, leaving it parked directly on a new cycle access lane and pavement.
The car, a smart 2013 black electric diesel, attracted the attention of local residents, and soon pictures of the vehicle parked there were circulating on social media.
The location was the crossroads where Cairns Road meets Kellaway Avenue and Coldharbour Road in Bishopston and, given pictures appeared to show empty on-street parking spaces just yards away, it would appear the vehicle was left there deliberately – and not just because it was some sort of emergency and that was the only free space at the time.
(Image: Bishopston Society)
It could be an example of bad parking as a political protest.
Turning off the main road onto Cairns Road has long been forbidden, and to enforce that, Cairns Road becomes a one-way street for just a few yards before it reaches the main road junction.
Recently, Bristol City Council revamped this junction, and created a little cycle lane which allowed bikes to turn off Coldharbour Lane onto Cairns Road, allowing cyclists to ride for a few yards against that one-way street restriction.
The new junction improvements also widened the pavement to make it easier for pedestrians to cross, and the new junction also means motorists are no longer able to turn right out of Cairns Road onto Coldharbour Lane.
Someone, it seems, does not like these changes, and – it appears – left their car parked firmly on the pavement at the entrance to the new little cycle lane, blocking cycle access off Coldharbour Road and for pedestrians to cross Cairns Road safely.
The Bishopston Society tweeted, calling it ‘shocking behaviour’, and said the driver was showing ‘blatant contempt’ for the new bike crossing and traffic calming measures.