Residents of a street in a Leicestershire town are opposing council plans to introduce a shared use footway and cycleway – because they are worried it would prevent them from parking on the pavement.
The Leicester Mercury says that more than 100 residents of Netherley Road in Hinckley have signed a petition to oppose the facility, and that they were due to meet with council officials last Friday to discuss the situation.
The petition was organised by Ann Pendlebury, who said: “People have parked this way for a long time and, with my partner, Dale, working in Cadeby and me commuting 25 miles, we need a car each and don't have a drive.
"If they put the cycle lane in, we'll be competing for a smaller number of spaces.
"It's an old-fashioned road where the elderly are looked after and everyone talks or at least nods to each other.
"This will result in the breakdown of this community.
"I also think it would lead to people getting rid of their front gardens to create drives.
"That's going to increase the likelihood of flooding, which is already an issue for some."
The picture accompanying the Leicester Mercury’s article shows cars parked on driveways outside a number of houses on the street, but none on the pavement. Google Street View shows a few cars on the footway, but most parked up on forecourts outside houses.
Rule 244 of the Highway Code says:
You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
Plans on Leicestershire County Council’s website show that pavement parking is part of the proposal for Netherley Road.
The council says that among other things, the project will result in:
creating shared use footways/ cycleways on existing footways, where necessary widening footways within the highway boundary
introducing partial footway parking on Netherley Road to identify areas where parking can take place to prevent obstruction from parked vehicles.
This plan highlights the position of the proposed parking bays, and there will be signs at either end of the road that read: “Vehicles may be marked partially on the verge and footway in marked bays” and “End of area where vehicles may be parked partially on the verge or footway.”
Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council’s spokesman for transport, told the Leicester Mercury: "We welcome comments from the residents of Netherley Road as we are really keen to hear all views on the proposed traffic improvement scheme for Hinckley.
"We recognise changes can be made to improve congestion and traffic-flow in Hinckley and make access easier for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
"This should, in turn, help boost the town centre, encourage further investment and make it easier for people to cycle, walk and use public transport."
Consultation on the plans closes on Thursday 27 March.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.