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I’m hoping one of you smart people can explain the logic behind this.

Car blocking footpath

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

26 replies on “Logic?”

@Peter, plenty of room on the street.

@Ren, maybe you should find somewhere else to park. I’m able-bodied, I can walk around, but spare a thought for those pushing prams or in wheelchairs.

Simple. The driver stopped to get the mail, then there was a cry for help from the house so he raced in to see what the matter was, forgetting about the car.

It’s possible …

@Markk, that doesn’t make sense. Remember the car is right-hand drive. It would be quicker for the driver to pull all the way into the driveway to get out and check the mail.

@Katsdekker, ?!?

I’ve got it. The driver is a little old lady (obviously – nobody else is going to drive a little buzzbox like that!) and the car ran out of fuel at exactly that point. Because she’s a little old lady, she’s gone next door to the neighbours to find out if a nice strong young man can help move her car further into the driveway.
(I should be a novelist!)

Next time go into the house & tell them your child on their tricycle ran into it and left a scratch, see how fast they run out to it then. When there is no scratch then you can let rip with “well maybe you shouldn’t park like that!” :)

This can happen by itself if the driveway is steeper and icy. I can remember repeatedly trying to park my dad’s ’83 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in our icy, slippery driveway in Chicago only to have it slide on the ice back down by the sidewalk/footpath when I put it in park and set the emergency brake. On this particular day it was too cold (about -5F / -21C) for the salt I spread to melt the ice effectively. The garage already had our other cars parked in it and street parking was not allowed to let the snow plough pass. On another occasion the car slid down into the street sometime overnght after my dad parked it. Sure enough it had a parking ticket on it the next morning even though we were not aware it had slid.

Climbing over the car is a little excessive but late at night in my area it’s a magnet for the hoons walking home from the pub, they would not leave it unscathed.

I think Jed had it right.
Clearly there had been a large ice block sitting in the driveway. Perhaps around the size of a caravan. Naturally the little lunchbox was unable to park all the way up the drive. Coincidently, the ice block melted and the resulting water dried up before you wandered along with your camera. This, of course, was only seconds before the owner of the lunchbox realised and dashed out to shift it out of the way. Sadly for the now, much aligned owner, the photo had been taken and you had moved off, missing seeing the distraught little old lady ‘doing the right thing’.
Yeap, that’s it!

the car/s in front of it reversed around it over the lawn. Ok, that’s my silly excuse out of the way, the driver’s just an ar$ehole.

On the subject of cars, someone in my apartment’s just started driving a RR. Seeing one in the flesh is really impressive, they look so damned rugged. If it ran into mine, I know which would come off worse for wear.

Best guess is the driveway was blocked at the time, kids toys etc the car had to stop short, the blockage is now gone, but the owner has had a chance to move the car.

Most of your wild guesses don’t provide a reason why the vehicle wasn’t parked on the street instead of blocking the footpath!

Love the iceblock story.

I got it!

Ever seen on google maps/earth where the roads on the map view don’t line up with the Aerial view? (check out for an example)

I reckon they were using their sat-nav to park and the data was out by 2m, hence the car parked across the footpath.

Being tech-obsessed the owner was too buys watching the ifone screen to notice when leaving the car.

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