Last week, as I took my sons on the school run, I was almost toppled out of my wheelchair as I attempted to pass a car parked inconsiderately on the pavement. There was a grass embankment on the other side of me and the chair got stuck on that and almost toppled over.
It was especially scary as I had my youngest son on my lap and my primary concern was making sure he was OK. I managed to get him off the wheelchair whilst I struggled to get the wheelchair back on the path.
I’d like to say this was my first such experience but sadly, it’s a regular occurrence. Inconsiderate drivers regularly put my safety in danger just so that they don’t have to walk too far from where they park.
Well enough is enough. Disabled people should not be put at risk to save drivers walking a little further. That’s why I’ve decided to launch a new campaign to make it illegal to obstruct public pavements – at present, this is only illegal in London – WHY? (https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/legal/parking-on-the-pavement/)
There’s lots to do and I’m not sure how much success I’ll have as a lone disabled person so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved – please contact me or use #QuestionMarkWhereYouPark on Twitter to support the campaign and spread the message!