Human behavioural sciences completed projects

Impact of vehicles parked on pavements

This study explored the frequency of encounters with, and the impact of, pavement parked vehicles on people with sight loss. Over 95% of participants with vision impairment reported parked cars on the pavement were a regularly experienced problem.

Participants with vision impairment and assistance dog owners consistently reported greater impacts on their use of public spaces than those without vision impairment. Self-reported quality of life and emotional impacts were negatively affected by pavement parked vehicles for ≥ 40% of participants. Those with vision impairment encountered vehicles on the pavement more frequently than those without vision impairment and were more likely to sustain an injury as a result, although the frequency of injuries reported was low.

Over 90% of participants from all groups reported having to walk into the road to navigate around vehicles parked on the pavement, highlighting the scale of the issue and the need to review legislation nationally. Participants who lived in London consistently reported fewer problems due to vehicles parked on the pavement compared with the rest of England. This study provided evidence to support our Streets Ahead Campaign. 

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