Cars Off Pavements campaign leads to 75% reduction in pavement parking

4 Jul

A trial ‘Cars Off Pavements campaign‘ at four parking hot-spots in Charnwood, a borough of 167,000 people in Leicestershire, led to a 75% reduction in pavement parking and is now going to be rolled out across the borough. The campaign is being run by Charnwood Borough Council, Leicestershire Police and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Charnwood Borough Council street wardens will issue £50 Parking Charge Notices to offenders who park on pavements in contravention of the signs and lines. Police officers and PCSOs can issue fixed penalty notices to offenders who cause pavement obstructions.The local MP was out recently showing his support. Great to see such no-nonsense coordinated action on the issue!

Charnwood parking leaflet (copyright)

5 Responses to “Cars Off Pavements campaign leads to 75% reduction in pavement parking”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle July 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    About bloody time! Now if only we could get this rolled out nationwide.

  2. July 23, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Brilliant idea but we know some behavioural science (the science behind why we do what we do) that could improve this leaflet.

    Using phrases like “most people in Charnwood park responsibly” encourages far more people to do the right thing compared with a conditional phrase like “Did you ever consider …”

    The bullet points under “if you park responsibly” are good, but they are not all specific enough. Everyone can tell if they have “left enough room for a double buggy to pass,” so this phrase is ideal. But “being considerate to vulnerable members of the community” doesn’t give anyone a clear idea of specifically what they have to do, to be considerate.

    For people to respond, adding a text number is likely to increase the number of people who respond, and turning the ‘if you see anyone” phrase into more of a “join the campaign, get involved by …” sentence, will stir up more passion for the project.

  3. Alan July 23, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    yet in Waltham Forest this sort of behaviour is encouraged by the council who paint parking bays on the pavement!

  4. David Arditti July 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Yes. There needs to be a campaign to have it made illegal for councils to designate parking bays on the pavement.

  5. Kevin July 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Leaflets mean little. It’s the enforcement that counts and it is this that councils are not actIng on.
    So much scope for not only removal if anti-social idiots but also a good income stream!

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