Toxic Custard newsletter, walking

Bushes and trees blocking footpaths

We all like some greenery in our neighbourhoods. But as I noted in this rant blog post, one bane of pedestrians is bushes and trees overhanging footpaths. They're not really obvious unless you're walking, but bushes and trees like this are everywhere. I'm sick of having to duck out of their way. This is especially difficult when it's dark. You can easily not spot the hazard as you approac

transport

Do your bit for walkability: keep the footpath clear

It wasn't planned this way, but this week's posts seem to have been all about pedestrians/walking. Along with rules about not parking over footpaths (and vehicles needing to give way to pedestrians when crossing footpaths), some people seem to be unaware that there are rules about keeping vegetation clear of footpaths. Able-bodied people can duck or brush past overhanging trees, or detou

Melbourne, transport

How Yarra Trams cleans up the wrong types of leaves

There's a legendary excuse for late-running trains in Britain called the wrong type of snow (fallen on railway lines). Apparently the wrong leaves are also blamed sometimes. I recall a Yarra Trams person telling me that while they love Melbourne's leafy streets, some of our local trees drop the wrong leaves (I'm paraphrasing mind you, these are not her words), which does cause slippery rail

Melbourne

Councils give warnings about overhanging trees blocking footpaths – why not parked cars?

From the City of Glen Eira web site: Property owners are responsible for keeping trees and shrubs under control and trimmed back to ensure pedestrian safety and clear sightlines for drivers. ... If a Council notice is sent requesting that trees or shrubs be trimmed, the work must be completed within 14 days. ... Property owners who do not comply with a notice within 14 days will be issu

Home life

Overhang

One of the things you really notice as a pedestrian in wet weather is low-hanging branches over the footpaths. I don't know if the wet weather we've been having causes the trees and bushes to put on a growth spurt, or it's just more noticeable because every time you brush against something lots of water falls on you, or because it's harder to avoid head collisions while dodging puddles and hold