You are trying to be defensive as you park out on the council strip BUT maybe your area is the exception and not the rule? Go to a capital city or an area with an abundance of elderly and disabled and you will understand what people are complaining about.
This happens where I live and what's worse there aren't any footpaths. We live in the hills and the main road to town is windey with blind corners so if a car parks across a driveway over the path ( only a very narrow stone path) we have to walk on the road and hope we don't get hit. The other side is an embankment where you could fall down. It annoys me because most of the time the cars could be parked right in their driveways . I've been tempted to leave notes on their windscreens..
Coming from the perspective of an ex fulltime pedestrian (I didn't get my license til I was almost 30, and had kids in strollers for the whole of my 20's), this type of parking can really give you grief, if you have to deal with it on a daily basis.
What used to absolutely give me the $hits was when cars would mount the kerb and park longways on the footpath, usually because there was no other parking... also meaning that there was no where else for me to walk because cars were already parked along the road! I would get really really cranky at people's selfishness for this. If they were around I would make a snide comment. And then to try and get a stroller around a car when there is no where to walk.... well... it's not my fault their car got in the way of my stroller.
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