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Time to act on pavement misuse

Glenn Lyons is fed up with waiting for promised government action to control the abuse of pavements by motorists and motoring. He wants 2022 to be the year that this issue is finally tackled- and a proper balance of advantage is created between walkers, wheelers and those in cars.

Glenn Lyons
18 January 2022

 

It is deeply worrying to me that the natural habitat of walkers and those on their own self- powered wheels is under ever more threat from encroachment from another invasive species that is outgrowing its own habitat - the motor vehicle. And I don’t just mean isolated incidents of legitimate pavement users being forced off the pavement and/or verbally abused, but that we seem to be facing an epidemic of driver misbehaviour.

Social norms have become distorted so that some (many?) motorists...

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