Apparently ‘fly-parking’ is the act of leaving your bicycle in an un-official parking place: like a railing, or anywhere that there’s no specific parking.
And in Richmond, fly-parking is endemic around the station, and in fact anywhere in town that there’s something solid you can secure a bicycle to.
Here you can see people who’ve parked around the station area: there’s a brand new bike rack behind the station, but no-one thought to make enough spaces for the level of usage right now, let alone where we’d be if Richmond had a hope in hell of delivering on its Local Improvement Plan goals.
Really, you’re better of driving into town, because whilst you have to park a bike at one end of the town or other, you can park a car slap bang in the centre:
Of course if they’d wanted to stop fly-parking, they could have gone to Cyclehoop: they could have put ten bikes where each of these cars is. But cycling, cleaner air, and less congestion just aren’t important enough to Richmond Council at the moment.