Parking on pavements puts people with prams or disabilities in peril

January 30 2017

With more cars, but increasing limitations on parking spaces, parking on pavements is becoming a familiar sight in Bishopston and Redland but it is not just a local problem.

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With more cars, but increasing limitations on parking spaces, parking on pavements is becoming a familiar sight in Bishopston and Redland but it is not just a local problem.  

The RNIB and Guide Dogs have long campaigned on this issue and in December 2015 a Pavement Parking Private Members’ Bill was debated in Parliament, but withdrawn following the government’s commitment to undertake a policy review.  

Bristol Walking Alliance (BWA) have set up a sub-group to look into this as it has become clear that this is a priority issue for pedestrians particularly for parents with young children or those who are disabled.

Former Henleaze councillor, Glenise Morgan, a member of the BWA sub-group, said: “There is little that can be done by the council or police without legislation being in place, as it is in London, so one of our first actions is to write to our MPs and request that they find out why – one year later - nothing further has been heard about the government’s proposed
review.”

Many drivers park on pavements to help traffic flow, oblivious of the safety risk to the disabled and parents with pushchairs, so the BWA will also be working with the RNIB, Guide Dogs and Living Streets on raising awareness.  

If you would like to get involved, or have local examples where pavement parking is a problem, get in touch at www.bristolwalkingalliance.org.uk – free membership is open to organisations and individuals.