Pavements are for?

Cycling Dumfries campaigns for better conditions for cycling – but we’re not just cyclists: like everyone else, we’re sometimes pedestrians too. As with icy footways, in many ways, cyclists can be better off than pedestrians in and around Dumfries – at least we have the option of going on the road, and we’ve got an organisation that speaks up for our needs. In this guest post, Cycling Dumfries board member (and Living Streets representative) John Schofield takes up the issue of pavement parking:

pavement parked lorry

Breathe in! Not much space to push a buggy or a wheel chair

Parents – would you let your child walk to school along this pavement? Would you encourage your elderly relatives to access the local shops along St Mary’s Street? According to Dumfries and Galloway Council and Police Scotland, having a 40 ton lorry transporter completely blocking a pavement on a busy road on a major route to school, whilst the cars it is delivering are off-loaded, driven along the pavement and then into the garage, is the best option. According to the council, vehicles should NOT be parked on the road. Why? This has the potential to cause congestion and might be MORE dangerous than your loved ones walking or pushing prams along at least 54 feet of lorry length. Both the Highway code and the Road Traffic (Scotland) Act 1984 apparently only apply to Scottish roads when there is no congestion. About 12 midnight then. Any roads in Scotland they do cover??

Update:

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Good to see the Scotsman supporting the campaign on Pavement Parking. A recent article starts with “Among the worst drivers’ many selfish acts, pavement parking probably takes the biscuit.
Blocking the path of pedestrians who are forced to squeeze through narrow gaps, or even on to the road, is infuriating.”
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What do you think? Do pavement parkers get your goat? And would you like to see us campaign as much on issues that affect pedestrians as cyclists? 

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2 responses to “Pavements are for?

  1. keith walters

    I think that you will also find this is an issue at Arnold Clark on Annan Road and Border Cars on Terregles Street so perhaps it would be worth looking into more. Seeing as cyclists can so easily become pedestrians and take their transport with them (unlike a car driver) we should recognise the common problems caused to both sets of travellers by car dependency/supremacy. It would also help to show that there shouldn’t be conflict between pedestrians and cyclists as is sometimes commented on.

  2. John Schofield

    Thanks Keith, any comments from membgers on these issues is great. if you are passing these spots, and can do so unobtrusively, then photos would be appreciated!!

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