Monday Musings - I love pavements

I fell in love with pavements after being deprived of them for four years - the reason being, I lived in Nepal then Uganda.  I returned to the UK nine years ago and anyone who asked me “How was it?” I kept replying excitedly, “I really missed pavements, I just love having pavements back!” So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered my first proper meeting, as a new BPA employee was on pavements, or pavement parking to be more precise. It was great to be in a meeting and hear organisations including Living Streets, Guide Dogs and the Local Government Association talk passionately about lobbying government to make pavement parking illegal outside London as well.   After all, Scotland is doing it, London has done it, why can’t we do it in England and Wales? With determination, good planning and speaking together as one voice, we are determined to make this happen. 


I am so happy to be part of this pavement parking campaign which as far as I can see helps to keep pavements sacrosanct.  We are lucky to have them, and they need protecting.  I am not elderly (but will be one day hopefully), visually impaired, blind, or push a buggy (those days are behind me now), but I do enjoy striding along pavements without fear of being run over or into, and without obstruction.  I have been blue lighted to hospital before now and I would hate to think of the consequences if the ambulance had found it difficult to reach the hospital quickly because of obstructive parking. This might be the place to admit now, that I have in the past parked on pavements but from now on I will not. Pavement parking could easily become one of the topics I get on my soapbox about.

Yesterday a colleague complained someone had parked in the road blocking her in.  She triumphantly said, “He was shouting at me and I took a photograph of his parking.”  One of the perks of the job of working in the parking industry is that I will now (a) know my parking rights and (b) conversely be much more aware of when I am breaching good parking practice. I find myself saying to people when they ask me how my new job is going, “Parking is like the air we breathe and the water we drink, it is only when it goes wrong we notice it.” I am amazed by how many things parking touches on, from air quality, technology innovations to congestion.  But for me pavements rule for now.