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Old January 8th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Show your Parkways!

Show your Parkways!

I hope this is the right place to put this thread...

I've always liked the idea of parkways. A road hidden in the trees, or at least that was the idea. I think a lot since being built in the 1930s-60s have since been built around and lost the original feel...

Here are some shots of large-ish parkways in and around Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham in England...

Bochum Parkway, Sheffield


Fort Parkway, Birmingham


Heartlands Parkway, Birmingham


Nechells Parkway, Birmingham


Princess Parkway, Manchester


Sheffield Parkway, Sheffield
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Old January 8th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #2
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There are parkways in this country?! Are lorries prohibited on them?

Edit: I know roads that look like that, but I never knew that any were actually called "Parkway"
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Old January 8th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #3
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'Parkway' currently is just another name for a bypass or some dual carriageway.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #4
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Bochum Parkway, Sheffield
They have a Sheffield Ring in Bochum.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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More English parkways...from Peterborough


Fletton Parkway


Frank Perkins Parkway


Nene Parkway


Orton Parkway


Paston Parkway


Soke Parkway
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Old January 10th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #6
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So those are just bypasses around a town or city?

I can think of two in my city but when i think of a parkway i just think of a big avanue trough a park...
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Old January 10th, 2011, 05:17 PM   #7
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So those are just bypasses around a town or city?

I can think of two in my city but when i think of a parkway i just think of a big avanue trough a park...
They run around the middle. You can see that they are landscaped roads with trees, you can see on this map...

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&...61798&t=h&z=15
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Old January 10th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #8
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I see... Not that much in that case. Mayby some In Brussels or Antwerp where there are a lot of suburbs. But Belgian cities don't have that planned 'cul-de-sac' suburb with park lanes...
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Old January 10th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #9
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In most cases in the US, the term "parkway" is just another word for a freeway, toll road, or in some instances just another street.

But here are some examples:

Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295)




Garden State Parkway:








Belt Parkway:




Merrit Parkway:




Wilbur Cross Parkway:




Pallisades Interstate Parkway:

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Old January 10th, 2011, 10:28 PM   #10
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Blue Ridge Parkway - MY PARKWAY IS BETTER THAN YOURS

This is the type of road you shouldn't drive on to actually get somewhere, this is a road you drive on for the sake of a fun drive.
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Is Skyline Drive a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway or a separate road?
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Talimena Highway in Oklahoma seems almost equal to the Blue Ridge Parkway:

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Old January 11th, 2011, 02:12 AM   #14
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Bulgaria, Republika pass through the Balkans mountains
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Bulgaria, Sofia, Peyo Yavorov blvd through Borisova gradina park
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Old January 11th, 2011, 10:43 PM   #15
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Blue Ridge Parkway - MY PARKWAY IS BETTER THAN YOURS

This is the type of road you shouldn't drive on to actually get somewhere, this is a road you drive on for the sake of a fun drive.
Is it true the speeds on that only get up to 45mph, thats what I saw on Top Gear?
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Old January 12th, 2011, 01:57 AM   #16
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Dearne Valley Parkway (A6195)

It's basically a southern bypass of Barnsley which leads to M1 (J36) It also connects some small towns on its way. Multiple roundabouts are kinda annoying (many of them don't lead anywhere, as if they are there waiting for future developments ie housing estates, retail parks) Most of it is a dual carriageway with a modest hard shoulder
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Old January 12th, 2011, 04:55 AM   #17
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Is it true the speeds on that only get up to 45mph, thats what I saw on Top Gear?
Yup, but you should be pretty safe mostly at 55. But beware, if they tell you "curve ahead, 25mph" THEY MEAN TWENTY-FIVE or else you'll drive off the side of a mountain. Also, the wooden guardrails are designed with the sole purpose of ensuring that any vehicle that loses control and drives off the road will be upside-down when it hits the ground far, far below.

It's a curvy two-lane road on top of a long mountain ridge. If you wanna drive at 80 mph, go ahead, but don't expect to survive.

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Is Skyline Drive a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway or a separate road?
Skyline Drive is the northern extension which goes through the Shenandoah National Park. I've heard it's a toll road, but I've never been there so I wouldn't know. The entrance to Skyline Drive (and the rest of the park) is north of where Interstate 64 crosses Afton Mountain (which is notorious for frequent dense fog)

Also the picture of that parkway in Oklahoma doesn't look a thing like what I know about Oklahoma, but it does look remarkably similar to the mountains in Virginia.
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Yup, but you should be pretty safe mostly at 55. But beware, if they tell you "curve ahead, 25mph" THEY MEAN TWENTY-FIVE or else you'll drive off the side of a mountain. Also, the wooden guardrails are designed with the sole purpose of ensuring that any vehicle that loses control and drives off the road will be upside-down when it hits the ground far, far below.

It's a curvy two-lane road on top of a long mountain ridge. If you wanna drive at 80 mph, go ahead, but don't expect to survive.
Well I meant speed traps which Virginia is one of those lovely places where if you get pulled over for speeding at 5mph over and you are guaranteed a ticket. 55mph would seem about right.
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Some Parkways from Ontario, Canada

Don Valley Parkway- Toronto


Red Hill Valley Parkway- Hamilton


Veterans Memorial Parkway- London


Parkways around here have a max speed of 90 km/h.
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Talimena Parkway is in the Ozarks?
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