16 November 2020 by Matt Strong
Walking has become more important than ever to the nation’s physical and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic - but we need to build on this momentum as part of a green recovery. Safer, greener places to walk are a vital part of that. However increased traffic levels on our local residential streets mean that the places we walk don’t always feel safe. This is especially the case for those with young families.
It’s clear that pavement parking is one of the major barriers to walking in residential areas and we believe it should be banned. and presents a risk to walkers, particularly those with mobility or sight problems or those who are walking with children.
pavements free from vehicles will create safer, more accessible streets and encourage everyone to walk more, increasing the benefits individuals and communities get from walking. A ban would give the clearest and simplest message to drivers, and would be the most effective way to prevent pavement parking.
This summer, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on tackling pavement parking in England which closes on Sunday November 22nd.
You can help us to persuade the UK Government to implement a full ban on pavement parking in England by taking part in their consultation.
- We believe that the national prohibition should apply on all public roads, and on both pavements and verges. Ensuring the ban includes parking on verges is particularly important as they can often provide safer places than roads for people to walk.
- As part of the consultation the UK Government are asking for views on a proposal for a 20 minute parking exemption for deliveries. Pedestrian safety should be prioritised over convenience for motorists. An exemption of this sort would be widely open to abuse and would weaken any messaging to the public that pavement parking is against the law. As a result, we oppose this proposal.
Let the UK Government know that you agree with us!