Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pedal Power
– Yesterday and Tomorrow

Ever wondered how tradesmen got around with their tools and equipment before the White Transit Van was invented? Well, they used a Hand Cart or sometimes a bicycle. A bicycle was very handy for knife grinders as the pedal power was what made their grinding wheel go round. There are some nice graphics here and just maybe some of our readers will recognise them.

Ever wondered what tradesmen will use to get around when the oil begins to run out and it becomes just too scarce and expensive? Well it might look something like this …

Cargo-bikes are the future! The European Cycle Logistics project has found that in urban areas, half of all light goods could be moved by bike, producing zero air pollution and many more smiles in our noisy, congested urban areas. And here’s the rub – they won’t have to worry about yellow lines, traffic wardens or spy cars … or will they?

Note: If you do your supermarket shopping via the internet and you have double yellows outside your home, just how do they “deliver”? And how do they get by when having a washing machine or furniture delivered?


  1. It is perfectly legal for a vehicle to be parked on double yellow lines for the purpose of loading or unloading (ie collecting or delivering) PROVIDED THAT loading restrictions do not apply at the particular time/location. Similarly a blue badge holder may park on double yellow lines for up to 3 hours where loading restrictions do not apply. Such restrictions will be notified in black lettering on white background on small rectangular plates at the roadside similar to the ones that state the hours of operation of yellow lines. The loading restrictions are also indicated by yellow markings painted on the kerb.

    1. Thanks Morris.
      But I do seem to recall a certain person of our acquaintance who lives in Yorkshire complaining about getting a ticket while unloading gardening equipment at his mum's house in Gants Hill on a Sunday afternoon - on the Redbridge-i forum.

      Do you know if loading or unloading (ie collecting or delivering) includes passengers/people?

    2. Not sure - might not apply to cars (other than blue badge holders) but loading/unloading probably does apply to PSVs (coaches, buses).

      The experience in Gants Hill that you describe may have ensured that he never travelled south of the Humber again......