Sustrans have backed the letter from Living Streets and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and over 17,000 members of the public, calling for a long overdue review of how a new law to tackle pavement parking would work.
Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said:
“We strongly support a banning of pavement parking in England, outside of London.
“Obstructing pavements forces pedestrians out on to the streets, into the path of traffic and frequently also blocks cycle lanes. It is particularly dangerous for those who are blind and partially sighted, other less able people and people with pushchairs.
“We’re calling on the UK Government to protect our most vulnerable road users and urgently bring the ban of pavement parking across the rest of England in line with London.”
Sir, It has been 1,000 days since the government promised to take action to prevent unsafe pavement parking by researching how a new law to tackle the issue would work. Cars parked on the pavements force people into the road to face oncoming traffic, which is particularly dangerous for many, including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair users and others who use mobility aids. The government has been stalling on this issue, and we urge the prime minister, and the government, to take action to change the law on unsafe pavement parking.
Tom Wright, Chief Executive, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association; Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets; Andrew Pester, Chief Executive, British Parking Association; Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK; Philip Darnton, Executive Director, The Bicycle Association of Great Britain; Julie Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, British Cycling; Ian Harvey, Executive Director, Civic Voice; Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive Officer, Cycling UK; Steve Conway, Chief Executive, DeafBlind UK; Graham Footer, Chief Executive, Disabled Motoring UK; Janet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age; Neil Heslop OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Cheshire; Cathy Yelf, Chief Executive, Macular Society; Malcolm Booth, Chief Executive Officer, National Federation of Occupational Pensioners; Vanessa Griffiths, Chief Executive, The Ramblers; Eliot Lyne, Interim Chief Executive, Royal National Institute for the Blind; Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive, Scope; Lisa Hopkins, Chief Executive, SeeAbility; Xavier Brice, Chief Executive, Sustrans; Peter Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Pocklington Trust.