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(Daily Mail)   British town engineers redesign old stone bridge so vehicle traffic can never damage it by reducing traffic to two lanes so narrow that a motorcycle would have trouble staying between the curbs (pics)   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-08-08 11:13:57 AM  
Let's start a pool: Number of days until first lorrie plows through it anyway (with pix)
 
2014-08-08 12:13:41 PM  
So it isn't the width of a bridge underpass or something equally solid but the width of a road with a little 6-8" tall island in the middle of it?  An island with what seems to be a ramp cut into the sidewalk down to the street to let strollers/wheelchairs/etc use it to cross the street?  Assuming that you're not driving a pick-up (in which case you could just drive up onto the curb without using the ramp...), why don't you just use the ramp to get one side of your car's wheels up on the sidewalk to drive past the .... (looks at pictures again) .... 12 foot long island & then use the ramp that is cut into the sidewalk at the other end to get your wheels down to street level again (or just take the jolt by turning the wheel & getting the tires off the sidewalk)?

Fark that U-turn nonsense.
 
2014-08-08 01:24:07 PM  
Subby, how did the word "motorcycle" even make it in to your headline? Now only is the bridge wide enough for a motorcycle, but the story does not mention anything about motorcycles! I feel like you could have substituted the word "motorcycle" with anything.

British town engineers redesign old stone bridge so vehicle traffic can never damage it by reducing traffic to two lanes so narrow that a CHOCOLATE CAKE would have trouble staying between the curbs (pics)
 
2014-08-08 01:32:13 PM  
You'd drive right up to it before realizing it's too narrow for your normal sized car to fit, then you're unable  to back out because there's probably a car behind you. Or you don't realize it's too narrow and realize at the last second you're in danger of bursting a tire hitting a curb at speed.

It's like it was designed to force people to break the law and drive partially on the pavement.
 
2014-08-08 01:33:54 PM  
Ok, who put Euler on the project?
 
2014-08-08 01:41:38 PM  
Good
 
2014-08-08 01:45:05 PM  
In the land of CCTV and average speed camera, they could not put a camera and just toss some heavy fines and penalties at the truck drivers?
 
2014-08-08 01:55:11 PM  
I like how the Daily Fail is giving mirror-tip to mirror-tip width measurements when talking about fitting cars through a gap that's only 3 inches high.
 
2014-08-08 02:05:22 PM  

wingnut396: In the land of CCTV and average speed camera, they could not put a camera and just toss some heavy fines and penalties at the truck drivers?


They'd still be liable for injury/death if the bridge collapsed.

The legal standard for dealing with the general public is that they're dumb as bricks.
 
2014-08-08 02:09:59 PM  
Why wouldn't they just install a hanging bar for height restrictions? Wouldn't that make more sense?
 
2014-08-08 02:15:03 PM  
All I saw was "Awesome uses for big bootys"

And then I had to turn it off, because I am at work.
 
2014-08-08 02:19:15 PM  
Given a lorry is not much wider than most cars, not really sure what other (cheap) options they had - make it much wider and the lorries will go through anyway. Put up those height restriction poles and most lorries will drive through them. Unless they planned to put up an stone/brick arch with all the costs that would entail I don't see a decent solution. Maybe a couple of traffic cameras with some large enough fine to actually dissuade lorries going over it? Of course they get damaged/vandalized fairly frequently in populated areas, so are also a relatively expensive option (unlike the US, traffic fines aren't used to finance local government spending, and thus aren't the first option to try to solve all driving related issues).
 
2014-08-08 02:29:55 PM  
It's two British metres wide?  That's slightly over six and a half American feet!

You can fit any full size car smaller than a 1967 Cadillac through that with no trouble.
 
2014-08-08 02:32:07 PM  
Put up a sign saying city cars only?

/in Europe, this class includes cars smaller than a Mini or a Fit
//Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500, etc.
 
2014-08-08 02:49:52 PM  

The Larch: It's two British metres wide?  That's slightly over six and a half American feet!

You can fit any full size car smaller than a 1967 Cadillac through that with no trouble.


You can almost fit an F-150 through.

It's just the Daily Fail being stupid and working people up over nothing, as usual. Look at the measurements they're giving on the cars in the article. They're mirror to mirror widths even though the gap in question only extends a few inches into the air.

Not to mention they claim "a Mini" wouldn't fit through without bothering to say the Mini in question is a compact SUV. And that it would fit unless you sent it through upside down.
 
2014-08-08 03:26:44 PM  
Reminds me of how the airlines put seats the size of elementary school chairs in coach. If you got big shoulders, the person next to you will be pissed.
 
2014-08-08 03:30:58 PM  
Send in Clarckson with a caravan.
 
2014-08-08 03:32:41 PM  
People think this was a mistake that most traffic can't fit?

The engineers knew exactly what they were doing and what they wanted was to stop the road being used as a rat run. Job done.
 
2014-08-08 03:44:41 PM  
More hate for the car.

The landed aristocracy hates the car because it weakens their hold over the peasants, who can now just drive anywhere, which liberates them and allows them to acquire wealth. The greens see themselves as the future aristocracy.
 
2014-08-08 04:03:30 PM  
I was going to criticise British drivers' inabilities to fit cars through a gap that is clearly large enough for most traffic, but then I looked out into the car park and realised how few US American drivers are able to fit into a 2+ metre space.

But if anyone on a motorcycle cannot fit through, I will show you someone who has no business piloting a motorcycle.
 
2014-08-08 04:11:53 PM  

eKonk: I was going to criticise British drivers' inabilities to fit cars through a gap that is clearly large enough for most traffic, but ...


Its a very good thing you didn't criticise British drivers... because to do so would have been RACIST!!
 
2014-08-08 04:13:23 PM  

buttcat: Subby, how did the word "motorcycle" even make it in to your headline? Now only is the bridge wide enough for a motorcycle, but the story does not mention anything about motorcycles! I feel like you could have substituted the word "motorcycle" with anything.

British town engineers redesign old stone bridge so vehicle traffic can never damage it by reducing traffic to two lanes so narrow that a CHOCOLATE CAKE would have trouble staying between the curbs (pics)


You can't drive chocolate cake. Everybody knows that. You idiot!
 
2014-08-08 04:14:33 PM  
I'm pretty sure they are wetting themselves laughing about their assholeishness.Have you seen the new brooms they came out with where the bristles are cut at the perfect angle that it can't be leaned up against anything without falling to the floor?
 
2014-08-08 04:42:40 PM  
Nah, nah; the builders farked up. Look at the double yellow line. You're nae supposed to drive on tha'. Leaves precious wee room for yer auto. Plus, I wager that parked car or one like it get well banged over buy drivers taken up short and swearvin'. Typical council. Not their lolly so why should they be arsed.
 
2014-08-08 05:40:19 PM  
Anyone who can DRIVE will have no trouble getting an normal british-market car through the gap. The problem is the inability of people to DRIVE. There are traffic calming twisties 1.5 times that wide here and I see people almost every day hit the kerbs in their honda jazz. It is pathetic. Go the council I say, a bridge like that needs to be protected and if a few coonts scuff their tyres I care not.
 
2014-08-08 08:14:01 PM  
Why does that strike me as such a completely British solution?  They're too polite to just straight up erect a barrier, so instead they just passive-aggressively narrow the road so nobody can get through.
 
2014-08-08 10:22:20 PM  

Gunther: You'd drive right up to it before realizing it's too narrow for your normal sized car to fit, then you're unable  to back out because there's probably a car behind you. Or you don't realize it's too narrow and realize at the last second you're in danger of bursting a tire hitting a curb at speed.

It's like it was designed to force people to break the law and drive partially on the pavement.


Stop reading Fark while driving and pay attention to these:

images.roadtrafficsigns.com
 
2014-08-08 10:47:16 PM  
Paste "50.833708,-0.163932" into Google Maps and you'll find the bridge in question.  Street View shows it before it was narrowed (to *one* lane; subby DNRTFA).  How you're supposed to fit a truck on that bridge is beyond me.  Some good stiff fines for idiots ignoring the WEAK BRIDGE signs seem in order.
 
2014-08-09 12:01:29 AM  

Recoil Therapy: So it isn't the width of a bridge underpass or something equally solid but the width of a road with a little 6-8" tall island in the middle of it?  An island with what seems to be a ramp cut into the sidewalk down to the street to let strollers/wheelchairs/etc use it to cross the street?  Assuming that you're not driving a pick-up (in which case you could just drive up onto the curb without using the ramp...), why don't you just use the ramp to get one side of your car's wheels up on the sidewalk to drive past the .... (looks at pictures again) .... 12 foot long island & then use the ramp that is cut into the sidewalk at the other end to get your wheels down to street level again (or just take the jolt by turning the wheel & getting the tires off the sidewalk)?

Fark that U-turn nonsense.


Probably because they don't want a ticket for driving on the sidewalk.

Of course, that could just be the common sense talking. I've been thinking about joining a support group or a 12 step program.
 
2014-08-09 12:03:15 AM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Gunther: You'd drive right up to it before realizing it's too narrow for your normal sized car to fit, then you're unable  to back out because there's probably a car behind you. Or you don't realize it's too narrow and realize at the last second you're in danger of bursting a tire hitting a curb at speed.

It's like it was designed to force people to break the law and drive partially on the pavement.

Stop reading Fark while driving and pay attention to these:


6 feet, 6 inches isn't a road, single lane or not. Hell, I've been on wider sidewalks.
 
2014-08-09 12:04:31 AM  
just keep chipping away with small cars until the big ones fit.
 
2014-08-09 12:21:55 AM  
www.independent.co.uk
What problem?
 
2014-08-09 02:03:49 AM  
Why not just put up a cement wall at either end?
 
2014-08-09 03:14:42 AM  

Gunther: Or you don't realize it's too narrow and realize at the last second you're in danger of bursting a tire hitting a curb at speed.


What speed? The sign says the speed limit is 20 mph across the bridge.
 
2014-08-09 03:17:42 AM  
FTFA: "...how much are we spending on this?

Good question, especially when we know there had been £30,000 worth of damaga, but don't expect a reporter for the Daily Mail to find answers to good questions.
 
2014-08-09 03:46:43 AM  
Fact checking time: However, some of the UK's most popular cars, the Nissan Qashqai (width 2.07 metres), the BMW 3 Series (width 2.03 metres) and even a Mini Paceman Cooper (2 metres), can't fit through the restriction.
In reality, the widths of those cars are
BMW 3 Series: 1.81 metres
Nissan Qashqai: 1.79 metres
Mini Paceman: 1.79 metres

But how could a newspaper possibly get such easily researched facts wrong, I hear you ask. Because, in order to generate outrage over public works, they included the farking sidemirrors in the width of the car.
Daily Mail, you suck giant donkey balls.
 
2014-08-09 05:08:02 AM  

Electrify: Put up a sign saying city cars only?

/in Europe, this class includes cars smaller than a Mini or a Fit
//Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500, etc.


It's a bit narrow but I could get my Ford S-Max MPV through there without going on the kerb.

I guess larger SUVs couldn't quite.

I can't believe I actually read a Daily Fail article.
 
2014-08-09 11:39:09 AM  

Dansker: Fact checking time: However, some of the UK's most popular cars, the Nissan Qashqai (width 2.07 metres), the BMW 3 Series (width 2.03 metres) and even a Mini Paceman Cooper (2 metres), can't fit through the restriction.
In reality, the widths of those cars are
BMW 3 Series: 1.81 metres
Nissan Qashqai: 1.79 metres
Mini Paceman: 1.79 metres

But how could a newspaper possibly get such easily researched facts wrong, I hear you ask. Because, in order to generate outrage over public works, they included the farking sidemirrors in the width of the car.
Daily Mail, you suck giant donkey balls.


My metric may be rusty but are sside mirrors 20 centimeters?
 
2014-08-09 12:22:11 PM  

Fano: Dansker: Fact checking time: However, some of the UK's most popular cars, the Nissan Qashqai (width 2.07 metres), the BMW 3 Series (width 2.03 metres) and even a Mini Paceman Cooper (2 metres), can't fit through the restriction.
In reality, the widths of those cars are
BMW 3 Series: 1.81 metres
Nissan Qashqai: 1.79 metres
Mini Paceman: 1.79 metres

But how could a newspaper possibly get such easily researched facts wrong, I hear you ask. Because, in order to generate outrage over public works, they included the farking sidemirrors in the width of the car.
Daily Mail, you suck giant donkey balls.

My metric may be rusty but are sside mirrors 20 centimeters?


10 cm each or about 4 inches? Yeah, that seems about right.
It's very, very easy to look up these dimensions for yourself if you think I'm bullshiatting.
 
2014-08-09 01:48:02 PM  

Dansker: Fano: Dansker: Fact checking time: However, some of the UK's most popular cars, the Nissan Qashqai (width 2.07 metres), the BMW 3 Series (width 2.03 metres) and even a Mini Paceman Cooper (2 metres), can't fit through the restriction.
In reality, the widths of those cars are
BMW 3 Series: 1.81 metres
Nissan Qashqai: 1.79 metres
Mini Paceman: 1.79 metres

But how could a newspaper possibly get such easily researched facts wrong, I hear you ask. Because, in order to generate outrage over public works, they included the farking sidemirrors in the width of the car.
Daily Mail, you suck giant donkey balls.

My metric may be rusty but are sside mirrors 20 centimeters?

10 cm each or about 4 inches? Yeah, that seems about right.
It's very, very easy to look up these dimensions for yourself if you think I'm bullshiatting.


I believed you, I just wanted a repeat so I could blast Daily Fail for adding one cadam width to cars.

/they're trolling in the wrong place!
 
2014-08-09 02:08:40 PM  

Fano: Dansker: Fano: Dansker: Fact checking time: However, some of the UK's most popular cars, the Nissan Qashqai (width 2.07 metres), the BMW 3 Series (width 2.03 metres) and even a Mini Paceman Cooper (2 metres), can't fit through the restriction.
In reality, the widths of those cars are
BMW 3 Series: 1.81 metres
Nissan Qashqai: 1.79 metres
Mini Paceman: 1.79 metres

But how could a newspaper possibly get such easily researched facts wrong, I hear you ask. Because, in order to generate outrage over public works, they included the farking sidemirrors in the width of the car.
Daily Mail, you suck giant donkey balls.

My metric may be rusty but are sside mirrors 20 centimeters?

10 cm each or about 4 inches? Yeah, that seems about right.
It's very, very easy to look up these dimensions for yourself if you think I'm bullshiatting.

I believed you, I just wanted a repeat so I could blast Daily Fail for adding one cadam width to cars.

/they're trolling in the wrong place!


Happy to oblige.
I've been trying to tell the regular Mail readers in the comments section that they're being lied to, but they just don't want to know. Some people really love being angry for no good reason.
 
2014-08-09 05:29:33 PM  

Dansker: Fact checking time: However, some of the UK's most popular cars, the Nissan Qashqai (width 2.07 metres), the BMW 3 Series (width 2.03 metres) and even a Mini Paceman Cooper (2 metres), can't fit through the restriction.
In reality, the widths of those cars are
BMW 3 Series: 1.81 metres
Nissan Qashqai: 1.79 metres
Mini Paceman: 1.79 metres

But how could a newspaper possibly get such easily researched facts wrong, I hear you ask. Because, in order to generate outrage over public works, they included the farking sidemirrors in the width of the car.
Daily Mail, you suck giant donkey balls.


Yep a normal car should have a good 20cm-30cm to navigate. If you can't do that you just suck at driving.
 
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