Friday, December 14, 2007

Inconsiderate parkers

Right in front of the new Greenlife grocery store and the new Rock Creek Outfitters location, there are several parking spots set aside for pregnant moms and also for low emission vehicles (LEV). Each of these parking spots is very clearly marked but apparently either people can't read, don't understand what Low Emission Vehicles are, or are basically super inconsiderate folks.

Here are a few pics of some of these inconsiderate parkers.









11 comments:

davidm. said...

it's kind of funny that a lot of these people can't park either.

jimmyjazz14@gmail.com said...

I almost always park in those spots, on purpose, why would I do this you ask? Because I think its fucking stupid to have special parking spaces for low emissions vehicles. Guess what I can't afford a low emissions vehicle and a large majority of people can't, is Greenlife saying these people are inferior and have to walk farther because they can't afford a vehicle that produces less emissions? Also what is even the standard to determine what vehicles can or can't park in these spaces? I like Greenlife but honestly they need the drop the pretentious hippy thing ASAP.

jimmyjazz14@gmail.com said...

I should mention while my last comment may make me seem like I am not concerned with eco friendly technology, this is not the case, I just simply believe that it is wrong to classify people who cannot afford such technology as inferior. I'm all for hybrids and the like, however they are just not economically possible for many people to purchase right now.

DWord said...

Yeah. My family went there a few weeks ago and all the LEV spots were taken up by standard vehicles. Truth is though, I probably would have parked there myself if they'd been available, cause I've never seen those before. I think Greenlife needs to be more proactive about educating Chattanoogans what those spaces are for.

Also, I think the total number of LEV space is probably too large. If patrons arrive and see a dozen empty LEV spaces, they're more likely to say, "screw that" and park there, than if there were only two or three empty LEV spaces.

Mark said...

What is a low emmision vehicle? Is it a hybrid only? What about a scooter? What about a car that gets 40 mpg, that is certainly lower emission then most cars. But is it low enough to qualify? If it isn't low enough Herbert might put your car and liscense plate on his blog.

A 4 cyclinder car has a lower emission then a 2 cycle scooter, but most people would be accepting of the scooter. A hybrid SUV still has more emission then a Honda Accord. I am confused as to who qualifies for these spots?

Herbert said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_Emission_Vehicle

DWord said...

Mark, while 4 cylinder, 4-stroke car engines do produce less emissions per gallon, 2-stroke scooter engines use about a fourth of the gas, and thereby emit less pollution per mile Also, keep in mind that most scooter engines over 50cc's are 4-stroke, so they beat cars in both emissions and fuel economy.

Pedro said...

I am not a Honda fan,but I believe the large majority of their fleet is LEV if not ULEV. LEV does not mean hybrid. Of course my VW Jetta TDI (diesel) does get 40 mpg but does not qualify as LEV.

mark said...

The emmissions that are left by a 2 stroke engine are worse emissions then any 4 stroke car. A 4 stroke scooter has lower emissions but a 2 stroke dumps half the gas it burns out the tail pipe as vapor unburned raw gas. This is why 2 stroke engines are outlawed in California, even lawnmowers and weedeaters. Personal watercraft that use 2 stroke engines are becoming banned on many lakes like Lake Tahoe. 2 stroke engines are technology that has no place in todays enviroment we simply have the technology to replace them and we should.

I like the effort they are making with the low emission vehicle spots. It at least sparks a thought and interesting discussion like this one.

jimmyjazz14@gmail.com said...

The real question is, what is the logic behind these spaces? Handicap spaces exist because many handicap people have a hard time walking long distances, do drivers of LEVs not have normal walking capabilities? Perhaps its because drivers of LEVs really like to show off their more enlightened views to all the lesser intelligent drivers in the parking lot, hence parking in special parking places that are sure to get the point that they are better across, that must be it.

Herbert said...

Jimmyjazz, I hear you but you are not thinking outside of the box. Handicapped and spots for pregnant moms and mom with kids are indeed designed with a short walking distance in mind. LEV spots though fall more in the category of HOV lanes and they are designed to encourage environmental thinking. We all know that many people are darn lazy and if they could, they would use their BMW, Lexus, Toyota 4 Runner, Ford F 150, Chevy Suburbans and yes, Subaru Impreza to "Drive Through" the Greenlife or the Rockcreek Outfitters. Most people though could do with a bit of walking and parking their vehicles on purpose a few feet further away.