Parking on pavements puts everyone using the pavements at risk. Drivers often mistakenly think they are doing the right thing by keeping the road clear but fail to realise the consequences of their vehicle blocking the way for people using the footpath.
This is an important and little understood road safety issue. It aims to show drivers how parking on the pavement can endanger all pavement users forcing them into oncoming traffic, including people with disabilities, older people, children and people pushing prams.
Parking on the pavement at a junction also blocks the view for drivers emerging from a side road, by causing an obstruction, making them unable to see oncoming vehicles, including cyclists and motorcyclists or perhaps even pedestrians.
Drivers should be mindful of the consequences of parking your vehicle on a pavement and to think about the needs of others.
No one would ever intentionally block anyone’s path if they needed to use the pavement, however, some drivers are unknowingly doing just that.
Next time, don’t be selfish.
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