Was just out in Camberwell Junction, having a coffee. Ironically, my friend and I had parked our bikes just off Burke rd, in a side st, because the main footpath is a bit congested. When we came back, we were approached by a very curt man, who was parked and waiting, but did not have a typical parking inspector uniform, but something more befitting a park ranger, with Boroondara blah blah on it. He started lecturing me about not being allowed to park my bike the way I had. I had parked, as I always do, hard against the building wall, so as to maximise the room left on the footpath (of which there was plenty). Aside from believing in the importance of consideration of others, I work in academic disability support, and my job has made me quite conscious of always leaving sufficient wheelchair space and so forth. There was plenty of room. This guy was telling me I had to park against the edge of the footpath - something I won't do, as my bike becomes a sitting duck for a bad three-point-turner. I'm quite happy to keep the peace and comply with *polite* officials - they're just doing their job - but as I say, the guy was quite rude. The thing was, he then took out a camera and tried to photograph my bike's number plate. I stepped in front of it, he shifted, I stepped again, and then simply placed my glove over it and just stood there. He got into his car and huddled down (queer!). His car was faced with away from me, and I figured he was going to turn around and photograph the plate as I rode off, so rather than doing the usual u-turn onto the street and out of it onto the main road, I backed up the footpath and jumped into traffic in such a way so that he could not get a view of the plate. What an odd and belligerant fellow! I've seen the Vic Roads stuff on this, and I believe he (whatever he was) cannot enforce a particular way of parking on public footpaths, providing it is sensible unobstructive parking; but what I found aggressive was his attempt to get my rego, with no explanation when I asked what he was doing. Anybody else had this sort of experience in Camberwell?