Riding a mobility scooter on the pavement can be dangerous, take care! Not only do you have to be aware of other people about but also cracks and damaged areas of the pavements that can cause you possibly fall from your mobility scooter.
However, the worst thing for people who have a disability of any sort is the growing habit of cars and other vehicles being parked on pavements. It is dangerous and inconsiderate!
The problem is caused by the number of vehicles that are parked in narrow roads to allow access for other cars, vans and lorries but this creates difficulties for those with walking restrictions who perhaps need to use rollators or walking frames as well and those people in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
Worst of all of course is the danger that can be caused to blind people who need the use of a white stick to avert them from things that might be in their way, if they suddenly come across a car or van that is illegally parked on the pavement they might need to venture out into the road to allow them to pass the hazard.
As well as those people with any form of disability, this sort of action also can be a problem for families with youngsters in pushchairs.
Just imagine, if you can, finding your way along the pavement blocked by some inconsiderate person who has parked their vehicle partly on the pavement. The only alternative is to go around it by using the road.
Sometimes there will not be any clear vision for the parent pushing the youngster and the child is then exposed to the possibility of an oncoming vehicle hitting them before the parent can do anything.
Life is never going to be perfect and it is not possible to resolve all of the problems of the world but perhaps it is time to make small steps about things such as pavement parking, perhaps in streets which parking on both sides of the road means using the pavement as well there should be restrictions to only allow parking on one side of the road and then make sure the restrictions are enforced.
It would mean some difficulties for certain people but the overall benefit in safety would far outweigh any inconvenience.
Please, please, next time you think of parking with wheels on the pavement, stop and think about the safety and convenience of others especially those in pushchairs, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and anyone else who may suffer as a result of your lack of thought!
Be a better parker, save lives!!!