Competion for car parks ?

Not a thing that I know of…. but probably exists … what type of categories …. largest smallest  generating the most profit providing the most services?   All possible.  What about the category best situation?  Even that may need subsections:

Rural ,urban, suburban, private , totally enclosed, subterranean  , multistorey …

 

Well in the public park and ride category I would like to nominate the park and ride for the City of Bath.  It does need you to look beyond the immediate car park provision.  And in fact in the pouring  rain on Monday the ground was a sloppy sandy mess, and the week before the failure of the public unisex toilets to open despite piling in the money.  But beyond those the car park sits sheilding  a playing field and beautiful views across the valley . Not an obvious attraction though  when parking . Because mostly thoughts are on getting to the City.

Leaving  Bath the road takes me along a minor road twisty and relatively narrow with banks and hedges on either side . Not single track . But if I were walking one I would be worried about quick escape routes from oncoming traffic.. no verges. 

Leaving Bath early evening I was just in a slow trail . One of those where you can be stopped and wind down the window and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the place. I was so close to the hedge I could have taken the hawthorn for tea… the bread and cheese leaf. The traffic line was mostly so slow it was stopped for ages between moving  just a car’s  length so with the window down I could take a picture … to be loaded up and shared

Image to come … Close up of hedge .. Hawthorn leaves at close quarters ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and another car park

I can hardly say this is my commute area. But it fits under the subject type.  I have been collecting car park commuting and car park treasure pictures for ages now  – and rarely have the image on the device to load.  Also I write notes about my regular – oh and irregular journeys on what note pad I might have when the fleeting scene crosses the view. The intention always to share that moment or the captured image, either the photograph or the wordy description. But coming back later the mood has gone. And the notes need to stay in whatever book they are.

This picture is not at all a regular commute, but a quiet car park on a cold, wet and misty day at the start of April. A visit to Niagara  – visit the Falls.  Impressive as the sound of the falls was immediate as soon as we got out the car.  Impressive even with restricted views and as you see here the mist levels hovering so low. Humbling the force of the natural phenomenon, quite overwhelming possibly even because of restricted view.

yes I have to admit that i like the car park image too. I know this is after the event, but as I am sorting out the holiday album and deciding what to do with the red poncho .. not inappropriate.

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And back to car parks 

As a particular one is in the news. That particular car park for the gym , has spaces on the building’s  roof but there is no access for cars. In the Independent today, the journalist has had a tour of the space.  Glanced at this over breakfast and I do not have the details, but surprised the gym has not made use of the space for some sort of exercise.

So my suggestion is to use the space for a differnt type of exercise .. Allow people to park there .. A performance park, a meeting park  . Being open air , above ground on higher ground would offer a new perspective as a park  for discussion. Above the hum of street noise and perhaps cut off from the rhythm of the machines and people straining  muscles on the floors below , perhaps solutions to that  town’s parking problems will be uncovered.

Practicalities? Would it be free parking? Would you have to flash a gym membership card to access the area? Should there need to  be protection from the weather added ?  And the inpracticalities  … Beyond the reason why they have this space .. Assuming the roof was originally constructed to hold the weight of the cars and then also have magicked  up some money then I think a couple of cars maybe a van and a mini bus should lifted up by crane . These then would create small enclosed venues meeting  spaces  changing rooms and still feed from idea that this is a carpark ..

When I was researching parking places for my car art park project I realised quite how many places are managed by another company. This sub contracting , outsourcing made any spontaneous extraordinary use of space difficult to even begin to consider.

Realisation that ‘ownership’ does not actually always enable the ‘owner ‘ to make decisions about the use of it because they have outsourced that or at least distanced themselves from the immediate decision. Thank you again to those people /organisations who very kindly let me park  my project on their ground.  Maybe time to work on a new project?

car park find matches the day

all sorts of little things get left behind, perhaps drop out of pockets, fall from car doors or perhaps like these are forgotten after a quick shoe change. I parked and got out the car to find these left at the side of the space.

Bright and shiny at the start of the day … by home time, looking like I felt .. a bit curled around the edges!  morning find  home time state

Grey wet .. And the holiday is over

from inside the personal travel bubble, parked up and the world outside dissolves

from inside the personal travel bubble, parked up and the world outside dissolves

The long queue of traffic winding into the workplaces through the mist but the heat is on in my bubble. At the car park it looks like the holiday time is still continuing there are lots of gaps. Parked up though, windscreen wipers off the view is restricted the internal space appears to contract, and the outside colours muted and run into each other. Watercolour stories from the car? Happy Monday .