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The Great Pavement Robbery

How cars are taking our street space and what you can do to stop it.

Help stop Levenshulme and Burnage’s 100+ PAVEMENT BLOCKS.

These roaming metal boxes appeared without ANY CONSULTATION, and are MULTIPLYING year on year. They could appear outside of YOUR SHOP OR HOME at any time, turning paths into

P A V E M E N T

P R I S O N S.

Say NO to pavement parking. Answer the consultation TODAY

Ahem, sorry about that, not sure what came over us.

Whilst we’re waiting for the active neighbourhood trials to begin, we thought we’d draw your attention to another important part of the “Streets for People” puzzle, the scourge of pavement parking.

Reclaiming street space for walking and cycling is important. Low traffic neighbourhoods with modal filters make streets safer by reducing through traffic, but there is another problem.

We must not only reclaim road space from through traffic, but also reclaim the pavements for pedestrians, particularly those with mobility issues and pushchairs, who require more space to navigate safely.

In the olden times, pre-car, we would walk in the street, but now pedestrians are relegated to pavements, giving most of the street space over to vehicles.

(Karl Jilg/Swedish Road Administration)

Now even what little space is left is being taken from us, by the very machines that made the streets too unsafe to walk on in the first place.

Here the whole of Danforth Grove pavement is lost to cars, increasing the risk for those who cannot fit through this tiny gap.

With many pavements unwalkable, and streets too unsafe, those who rely on mobility aids, are visually impaired, and those with small children in pushchairs have no choice but to put their lives at risk by stepping out into traffic.

This van here is blocking the tactile paving that allows the visually impaired to cross safely.

This also causes permanent damage to pavements that weren’t designed for the constant stress of cars and vans, which are continuing to get larger and heavier. This causes health hazards through uneven pavements which again are the most trouble for those who find mobility difficult.

Whilst the government has pledged to end the sale all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, electric cars alone will not stop this unequal distribution of street space, and with them being even quieter it could actually increase accident risk for those who are visually impaired. Electric cars also do nothing to increase our active travel and combat the current obesity crisis.

We need to create spaces people feel comfortable in outside of a car, and currently we have cars clogging our paths, preventing the flow of pedestrians, and preventing the active travel that keeps us all fit, decreases the risk of crime (more eyes on the street) and helps business.

What can I do about it?

Pavement parking laws and guidelines are currently unclear. 46% of drivers say they’re confused by current laws, and only 5% know all aspects of it. 65% of people admit to parking on the pavement.

Scotland and London have already outlawed pavement parking, but for everyone else a new pavement parking law is needed, to make it clear to drivers that they CANNOT park on the pavement unless a clear exemption is in place.

Campaigners Living Streets have an e-petition to support ending pavement parking. Once you have completed this the site will take you to the government’s official consultation. This ends on the 22ND NOVEMBER so you’ll have to act quick!

The government consultation gives you three option to feedback to the Department for Transport. The recommendation of Living Streets (and us) is to choose OPTION 3 if you want to see real, enforceable change in the way pavement parking is addressed in our area. This would bring in London legislation of a “complete prohibition on pavement parking” England-wide. The Highway Code says you ‘MUST NOT’ park on the pavement in London (unless signs say that you can).

Help us end pavement parking in Levenshulme, Burnage, Manchester and the whole of the UK, and reclaim our streets for people!

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