“Banning all parking is lazy thinking”

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Yet again the council is going ahead with proposals that only reinforces the message Sheffield is unfriendly to motorists.

I understand the need to make the roads safer for all road users, but its decision to ban parking for the length of Clarkehouse Road seems ill-judged.

As is frequently the case when the council expects opposition to its proposals, its ‘consultation’ has been limited to just a few of the people affected by the scheme.

The newspaper report states that 15 injury collisions occurred over five years and this has been used to justify the decision. However, it does not make clear when or whereabouts the collisions occurred. Clarkehouse Road is an urban clearway so if they mostly occurred during the rush hours, when there is no parking, it is hard to see how banning parking at other times of the day will improve the overall road safety.

Clarkehouse Road is narrow in parts but not for the stretch alongside Botanical Gardens. Here, its width made it difficult to cross at times until the controlled pedestrian crossings were installed so there clearly is room to allow cars to park.

The stretch alongside King Edward VII School is narrower and it is true that parked cars can make it awkward for other road users if they’re unfortunate enough to be confronted by a selfish/stupid driver or cyclist.

Why not try something different to banning parking though? How about restricting the width of the parking lane so that only smaller cars will be able to park there? Not only would this leave a wider useable roadway but smaller cars are often lower, making it easier for road users to see and be seen whether motorists, cyclists or pedestrians.

I note that in the article the senior engineer, Matthew Lowe expressed concern that parked cars also obstruct the pavement here. Strange that, because the trees and street furniture are effective at preventing this.

Mr Lowe is also reported as saying that parked cars often block the cycle lanes making them unusable.

However, your newspaper article suggests that the majority of cyclists use the road to commute to the hospitals and the university, when the road is a clearway. I am not aware of the number of cyclists who use the road outside commuting hours, but I suspect it is pretty low as it is not a leisure cycling route. Does the council have any figures for the number? As for cyclists weaving in and out of parked cars, yes, but through standing traffic during the rush hour. It’s hard to see how banning all parking will make a significant difference to cycle safety on this road.

To claim that the parking facilities at Durham Road could adequately serve people who have business along the road is just plain silly. I’ve walked that distance many a time and it’s not practical, especially if taking children swimming at King Edward Swimming Pool or to the Botanical Gardens.

And the cost, parking charges or bus fares, would fall most heavily on those who can least afford it, so they won’t bother with these destinations.

It makes me wonder whether officers behind the proposals are familiar with the road. By all means remove parking where it improves the sight lines for motorists and cyclists but dismissing the real concerns of businesses and putting the livelihoods of people at risk, just sets groups of road users against each other. Banning all parking is lazy thinking. How can the council justify this?

B Masters

High Storrs

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I am writing this to you to make the people of Sheffield aware of this daylight robbery and not to book Uber.

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