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What do we do about parking on pavements?

by Marrick on March 31, 2014

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Playing devil’s advocate here. I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard a proposal to stop people parking on pavements, because parked cars represent a hazard to disabled people, especially those with sight issues and those in wheelchairs. My first reaction was one of approval, but as I was driving down Lougher Road in Gorseinon, I got snarled up in a jam.

The normal practice in Lougher Road is to park on the pavement because the road is quite narrow and the pavements are wide. On this occasion, two vans had parked on the road, reducing it to single lane only. It took me just under 20 minutes to travel about 150 metres.

Imagine multiplying that by every road in the town. It would probably introduce gridlock.

That doesn’t get away from the simple fact that disabled are seriously disadvantaged by cars parked on the pavement, but what do you do? Do you accede to the natural inclination to make the pavements safe for the disabled and risk grinding the town to a halt? Do you introduce double yellow lines everywhere and stop people parking outside their own homes? What about the people who have mobility issues and need a car, so need to park outside their homes? Do we trade off their rights for the rights of other disabled people. What about working people who carry tools and equipment in their vehicles and having to walk a distance to a car park would be nigh on impossible? Where do we put the cars?

There are no easy solutions to this. The truth is, the car is a fact of life and for many (me included) an absolute necessity – I could not do my job without a car.

I’m in the fortunate position of having a drive upon which I can park my car, but the vast majority do not and if they need ready access to their vehicles, then banning parking outside their homes would be a severe impediment to their daily lives.

The only possible solution – and it’s only a partial one – is to reduce every road to a single track, make it one way and use the space gained for residential parking. Which is all well and good until you have a cul de sac. Unquestionably, something should be done to protect the disabled, but it’s going to take a bigger brain than mine to come up with an answer that’s fair all round.

Any suggestions?

One thought on “What do we do about parking on pavements?

  1. ubermik says:

    The balanced solution would be for the government to realise that many of our roads werent designed for cars and that successive governments have stuck their heads in the sand in terms of upgrading them and making other allowances like secured parking etc to rectify this

    The tax collected from motorists should have been used year after year to make the roads better for the MOTORISTS, the people who actually pay that tax, instead of being diverted to central funds and then used for funding lesbian basket weaving classes or giving to bongo bongo land to fund the new dictators gold plated mercedes

    In the road shown and we have many like that around here too the ideal solution I would have thought would be to reduce the pavement to a “normal” sized pavement so the road would then have enough room for parking bays leaving a gap and therefore a wider pavement every few cars so that pedestrians with “extras” like pushchairs or wheelchairs can pass each other

    That way both the pedestrians and the motorists are being accomodated in a reasonable compromise that doesnt demonise or snub either (IMO obviously)

    Far too often we see councils (london being a main offender) penalising motorists and trying to squeeze every last penny possible out of them and then spending that money on non road related things or even more annoyingly on road related projects for pedestrians or cyclists niether of which contribute towards the road and niether of which (again IMO) should have anything more than secondary consideration where road planning is concerned

    Cyclists being nothing more than pedestrians with wheels IMO and should therefore be on the pavement as their vehicles arent taxed, insured, MOT’ed and the riders havent had to pass ANY test, not even a basic eye test before being allowed on the road

    After all its called a cycle PATH not a cycle road last time I checked and should therefore be on the path where the other non licences, non insured people are

    This would leave more road for cars especially where dual carriageways have been turned into single carriageways to accomodate the cycle lane and it would also mean better parking in some areas too where cycle paths have resulted in double yellow lines being painted

    Councils should be susbsidising off road parking where thats an option, and cutting into the pavements in areas where that can be accomplished.

    The amount of tax taken from motorists in various forms should make giving them good roads to drive and park on a priority and not a barely looked at afterthought

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