Pavements are for people not for cars

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As residents of Wheatley, we have to deal with irresponsible parking by members of the hospital staff, families and visitors.

We often struggle to access our own drive, we have to walk down the middle of the road putting ourselves in danger, and worst of all, I have no hope getting down the street with a pushchair!

Cars that are parked irresponsibly on pavements can cause a potentially dangerous obstruction for pedestrians as it can force them onto the road and into the path of vehicles.

Newly released research by YouGov has shown that three quarters (74 per cent) of people are affected by vehicles parked on the pavement.

Some groups, including people living with sight loss, older people or those with buggies, are at greater risk.

Ninety-one per cent of respondents living with sight loss who responded to a Guide Dogs survey said that parked cars on the pavement regularly obstruct them.

You can see how dangerous pavement parking can be in a real-life video footage, filmed from a guide dog’s view, of a guide dog and their owner having to go out into the road to get around a car at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMQt-cfEFsg

I am urging the public to ensure they don’t park on the pavement.

Jade Hizzett

Doncaster