Being pretty considerate as a family, we, of course, stopped and asked if she needed help. My hubby offered his arm and led the lady around the car.
Just over a year ago I had a little rant on this blog about cars parking halfway on pavements. Drivers were parking half on pavements in a suburban area of Nottingham where the roads were perfectly wide enough for cars to park both sides of the road and not infringe the pavements. But of course they did; because a large proportion of drivers park their cars where is convenient for them and in a position they feel most protects their vehicle.
This means that "avoiding potentially being clipped by other cars on the road" trumps "blocking the pavement to such an extent that a pushchair (buggy) or wheelchair can't get past without stepping onto the road to get around the other side of the vehicle."
My feeling about this issue was exasperated when we came across this poor lady this week.
I was struck again by the blinkered nature of the human species. Because, if I'm honest, I'd never considered the impact that this particular parking method would have on the blind. Just like I'd not considered the impact on those with pushchairs until I myself had one.
What is amazing, is that this kind of parking, halfway on the pavement, is only technically illegal in London. The Pedestrian Liberation piece on this subject is particularly useful for guidance on the relevant rules and regulations.
In this particular case though, the car appears to fall foul of the Disability Discrimination Act, in that disabled people should not be discriminated against in accessing everyday goods and services. Like the pavement!?
I wish I had thought to take a picture. But I was so amazed, I didn't even think of it.
It turned out that the car was parked on the drive NEXT DOOR to the house that this lady lived in. Her neighbours, knowing her disability, hadn't considered the impact the obstructive parking would have.
I'm now speechless.
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