Pavement parking in Liverpool branded ‘barbaric’ as anger grows over selfish drivers
The problem of on-street parking in Liverpool has been described as ‘barbaric’ with many sharing examples of selfish and dangerous parking around the city.
Angry activists took to social media to highlight countless examples of drivers fully parking on sidewalks in and around town – making it difficult, if not impossible, for pedestrians, people in wheelchairs rolling and parents with prams to pass.
Mark Osborne is a licensed transport planner, he took to Twitter to share a picture of a large number of cars parked on the sidewalks on either side of Regent Road near the North Liverpool Docks.
He said, “As a transportation planner, I have dealt with pavement parking in the past, it causes long term problems.
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“What people might consider low is what leads Liverpool to have some of the worst accident records in the country and it is impacting the most vulnerable.”
Liam Kelly is the CEO of the docks-based Make Liverpool, he shared a video of similar issues in areas of Regent Road, with several cars parked entirely on the sidewalk.
He said: “Even when we try to design safe ways to separate cars from pedestrians and use active commuting, cars still manage to find a way to dominate the city.
“Blocking of fallen curbs and the occupation of entire sidewalks is very common in the 10 northern docks and around the Baltic Triangle.”
Some of the parked cars pictured in Mr Osborne’s image at Regent Road show that they traveled a specially designed cycle path to get there.
Cycling activist James Maloney wrote: ‘Why aren’t more people cycling to work or shops in Liverpool – a city with the highest cycling-related death rate in the world? UK?
“Keep in mind that it cost part of £ 22million to install this new cycle path, but it is being used as an impromptu parking lot by selfish motorists.”
And it’s not just the area of Liverpool’s North Docks where pavement parking is a real problem.
The Twitter Bad Parking app has been set up to highlight particularly the parking problems in the south of the city.
Recent posts include several cars parked entirely on the sidewalk of Smithdown Road, blocking the roads for pedestrians – as well as a car parked on the sidewalk near Childwall Fiveways.
The account creator said, “I started the account after a driver paged us because he wanted to drive on the sidewalk to park.
“Locked out, while walking around, people had to stand in single file just to pass the cars on the sidewalk. This is just not correct.”
An out-of-town Twitter user, commenting on the footage on Twitter, called the situation ‘barbaric’ and said it would deter them from traveling to Liverpool.
The Liverpool Council has sought to raise awareness and tackle the issues through its Don’t Park on the Pavement initiative, but anyone commenting on the situation on social media agrees that nothing will change without serious efforts to application.