No Space to Park or Walk in Athens

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In Athens, people park anywhere. If you complain or participate in the popular sport of "car vaulting", you get arrested. "All I did was exercise my right as a pedestrian," he [Tassos Pouliasis] said in an interview. "No one, neither the police, the car driver or even a single bystander, could see beyond my action to realize that there was a blatant traffic violation to begin with."

Evidently in Greece, the concerns and rights of pedestrians are widely disregarded. "Step on a sidewalk or try crossing any street here, and chances are you'll instantly feel like the prey of a safari hunt," said Vassilis Theodorou of the Hellenic Association of Road Traffic Victim Support. "This is the only place in Europe where the golden traffic rule — that pedestrians have the unconditional right of way — is so brazenly disrespected."

Some are fighting back, putting Dayglo stickers on windshields depicting a donkey in a car above the message, "I park wherever I want." ::New York Times

Of course, in places like New York City things are so much better:

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Our hero No Impact Man has learned what all of us who ride in the City do eventually: it is a form of assertiveness training. Aggravated that a police van was parked in the bike lane, (a very common phenomenon everywhere), he writes:

I turned my bike around and rode up to the officer. I said, but very politely, "Officer, if you guys park in the bike lanes, what chance do we have with everyone else?"

He said, "How about I write you a summons for riding the wrong way?"

I was merely trying to point out that if the police don't respect the very few rules that offer protection to vulnerable bicyclists, no one else will.

I guess he didn't get my point.::No Impact Man

No Space to Park or Walk in Athens
In Athens, people park anywhere. If you complain or participate in the popular sport of "car vaulting", you get arrested. "All I did was exercise my right as a pedestrian," he [Tassos Pouliasis] said in an interview. "No one, neither the police,