In Wokingham we are quite well off for free motorcycle parking bays. I use them all the time as an alternative to “illegal” parking…
This morning there was a blue badge holder parked in the motorcycle-only bay. OK, the disabled bay next door was in use, but can you imagine the furore if it was the other way around?
I took this picture just in case I returned to find my bike on the floor! [note that I parked close enough to make a point but not so close as to constitute an obstruction (your Honour…)]
Here’s my other favourite – it’s next to the Library and in the entrance to the pay-and-display car park.
A while back, the council installed the metal pillars to stop delivery trucks (for the pub next door) from using the space. Now we seem to have gained a large green wheelie bin (let’s call the “Dumpsters” as some councils seem to want residential users to share these and we can’t just keep calling them “big green wheelie bins” – can we?) I don’t know who’s this is but would hazard a guess that it is the pub next door…
As I’ve only ever seen two bikes parked here it is not an issue at the moment, but should I ever find that I can’t fit in, a copy of this photo will be winging it’s way to the council’s complaints desk.
I’ve decided to report the bent bollard noted in one of the comments as it is actually quite tricky to fit a large bike in the space.
While I was there this morning, a guy dumped a load of stuff in the dumpster and then walked back to the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant 50 yards up the road. Why is his bin in our parking space? Doesn’t he have a rear yard like everyone else?
I’m going to ask the council and will report back.
Had an email back from the Car Parks Manager saying that their contractors had been instructed to either repair or replace the bollard.
They also advised that the dumpster was not supposed to be there and that they’d contact the owners.
More updates as this story unfolds…
Three bikes in the parking bay today. With the bent post and the dumpster there was only just enough room…
Time to nag Wokingham Borough Council to see what’s going on.
The bent bollard was “repaired” (read “removed”) just before Christmas:
On Christmas Eve, I saw my first car parked in the space – to be honest, it was someone collecting their merry teenagers from the pub, it was dark and raining and she hadn’t done a particularly good job of parking the people carrier. No picture I’m afraid as I was there for exactly the same reason and didn’t hang around to take any pictures.
Next time I find a car there I will!
No progress on the wheelie bin yet.
The bin is still there and today was obstructing half of the available space.
I have emailed WBC to ask for a progress update…
The bin is still there and today is joined by a pallet and a rather natty padlock. If this has been placed there by the “owner”, how do the binmen empty it? Maybe it is the first step towards getting it moved? Whatever happens, I’m planning on a birthday party soon – maybe I should make a cake and present it to Wokingham Borough Council car parks department?
Well that did the trick.
My thanks to Kevin Brewer, Marketing Manager at Grundon who wielded far more power that Wokingham Borough Council…
Parking at Waitrose Wokingham (Updated 07-August-12)
I’ve been wandering around Wokingham with my iPhone and have snapped this picture of the motorcycle parking bay at the Waitrose Supermarket (entrance in Rectory Road).
I’m not sure if there are any restrictions – there don’t seem to be any for cars any more!
Parking at Wokingham Station (Updated 30-August-12)
I’ve been wandering around Wokingham with my iPhone and have snapped this picture of the motorcycle parking bays at the station.
This is taken from the footbridge – sorry if it looks a bit weird! The corrugated stuff is the roof of the bicycle shed.
Parking at Woodley Precinct (Updated 30-August-12)
Some would say that Woodley is not in Wokingham. It’s in the borough so counts for me! I was there for a blood donation session at the Oakwood Centre. To get to the motorcycle bays, you have to go right to the end by the library.
Parking at Wokingham’s nice new station (Updated 17-February-14)
Opened (unofficially) in October 2013 and nearly finished now, I’ve been waiting to see if any motorcycle parking bays will appear to replace those lost during the redevelopment.
So far, this is it…
Not quite what I expected. No doubt the bike parked in this photo will be “moved on” as the gate on the left is some sort of emergency exit.
Watch this space.