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fatalshak
25-01-2006, 11:29 AM
Many of the newer housing developments have built paved sidewalks that provide residents especially children, older folks and parents with strollers a safer path to exercise, walk, jog. Somehow some of our fellow Malaysians think these paved sidewalks are their personal parking space!

I mean what's wrong with parking your precious car on the tar at the side of the road where it belongs instead of climbing up these paved sidewalks? Obviously they don't realize or care that their actions are obstructing others?

For example in Kota Kemuning, residents can safely use the sidewalks to get from their houses to the shops and back without walking on the road much. Because of a few inconsiderates, residents have to walk on the road instead.

What should we do to educate such people? Some of them have also to taken to parking on playground itself???

AllUrban
27-01-2006, 04:47 PM
Just to support you on that

Here is an article that suggests that the more "mixed-use" a neighbourhood is, the healthier the residents will be.

http://tinyurl.com/a5au4

Cheers, m

Some excerpts from the article are below:

He's found that people who live in neighbourhoods that are about 50 per cent residential and about 50 per cent commercial have lower levels of obesity than people who live in neighbourhoods that are closer to being 100 per cent residential.

"The more mixed an area, the skinnier people are," he says. "Mixing supports walking, it supports incidental activity and it makes you independent of an automobile."

Rundle has also shown that as the density of bus and subway stops increases in a neighbourhood, the body size of residents goes down.

Rundle believes that subtle changes in lifestyle, such as walking to the corner store for a litre of milk, repeated over and over can have a tremendous influence on a person's body size.

North Americans have been in the grip of an obesity epidemic since 1975.

If our environment shapes our behaviour, says Rundle, then perhaps understanding the built environment will provide the plan to fight the epidemic.

kwchang
28-01-2006, 01:17 AM
fatalshak, it is obvious isn't it? These people prefer to drive right up to their destination instead of walking. But there are no parking lots available. If they park on the roadside, they will obstruct traffic or face the risk of being side-swiped by passing trucks and othe vehicles. So, drive up on the pavement and get out of the way of the traffic. The road shoulders have always been used even when they were unpaved. Do these people care? No, the road shoulder is off the road, so park on it regardless.

ceo684
29-01-2006, 05:57 PM
Cant comment on kota kemuning, but will compare parking in USJ2 vs Bandar botanic, Klang with the fancy parkable sidewalks. There's no problem with having more than one car in Bdr. B. as it wont obstruct traffic. Without a parkable sidewalk, when someone next door has a big function, it is likely that the guests will park everywhere including in front of people's gates. I'd rather park on the sidewalk than park in front of a gate.

Whereas.. in USJ2.. park on the main road, yellow line -> saman :eek:

Jose Mourinho
29-01-2006, 06:29 PM
I have always pondered on when precisely was the start point of this. This is no difference from all the selfish acts and indifference - from causing minor inconveniences to downright near-criminal acts on fellow human beings. It has to begin somewhere. In the home when the little child can still be taught to differentiate between good and bad and right and wrong. If we all do not do our parts with our children, 15 years from now, the world would be an even more chaotic place to live in.

chin_wan
30-01-2006, 12:00 AM
Citizen arrest. Take a video camera and record all these cars parking irresponsibly and then find ways to book them under the law (I don't know how, any lawyers?). If you can't book them, then at least make them embarass of their acts. Send pictures of their cars to The Star newspaper or something similiar.