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advertising boards or signage
Badly-parked cycles or scooters
Outdoor chairs and tables
badly-placed sign or lampposts
electric vehicle chargers
Vehicle charging cables across the footway
Living Streets is calling for local authorities to prioritise clearing footways and pavements through measures including (but not limited to):
1. Banning all A-board advertising on the pavement
2. Putting in place plans and budget to remove excess or unused street furniture (eg signs and poles, guard rail and utility boxes or phone boxes)
3. Providing guidance to businesses using pavement space for outdoor entertainment that they must maintain a 1.5m pavement width
4. Ensuring maintenance of trees and hedges that encroach on pavements
5. Making a commitment that EV charging points and cycle storage will only be placed on pavements where 1.5m clearance width for pedestrians can be maintained; where there is insufficient space on the footway road space should be reallocated eg through the use of well-designed build outs.
6. Ensuring that rental e-scooter parking is placed on the carriageway, and not on pavements – there is no need to sacrifice pedestrian space in order to support micromobility.
One of the speakers in our street clutter webinar was Sarah Berry, Living Streets Trustee and Lambeth Local Group member.
In this blog, Sarah says that shifting the narrative on who our streets are for can lead to ambitious and necessary changes.