Everyone should be able to rely on pavements being safe and clear, but unfortunately pavement parking is a major issue up and down the country.
Cars, van and lorries parked on the pavements force people into the road, 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.
Living Streets is campaigning with allies such as Guide Dogs and the British Parking Association for a ban on pavement parking across England and Wales. But while we fight for this national ban you can take action to tackle pavement parking in your area in a number of ways. Key to this is contacting your councillors.
Charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) are currently being installed across the country as part of action to move away from petrol and diesel vehicles.
These should not come at the expense of pedestrians, but we have already seen examples of their thoughtless placement on the pavement resulting in unnecessary obstructions. This easily avoidable pavement clutter is inconvenient for everyone and particularly problematic for people with wheelchairs, buggies, or those living with sight loss.
You can campaign in your area to halt EV charging points contributing to the reduction of public pavements.
Street clutter includes things like poorly-placed or redundant street furniture, such as defunct phone boxes, or excessive poles for road signs.
This can seem harmless but it can create unnecessary obstructions which are inconvenient for everyone and particularly problematic for people with wheelchairs, buggies, or those living with sight loss.
By getting rid of redundant and poorly-placed signs, railings and advertising boards, our streets can be made tidier and less confusing. Reducing street clutter and making attractive, interesting and beautiful public spaces is a major part of how we can create vibrant areas for walking.