Hereward students launch citywide pavement parking campaign

A team of students at Hereward College in Coventry will be running a campaign on the issue of inconsiderate pavement parking thanks to a £5000 grant received from the Big Lottery Fund.

Launched on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio, the young people, all of whom have disabilities, will be developing a public awareness campaign across the city highlighting the safety issues of inconsiderate parking to everyone who uses the pavements.

Hereward is a college for young people with disabilities and additional needs, which provides its learners with a curriculum that focuses on skills for independent living and employment.

Shane Horton and Joey Mander, Hereward College students and members of the Local Authority Disability Equality Advisory Panel said:

“We want people to think twice before parking their car.  As wheelchair users, if there’s a car parked on the pavement, it’s very difficult and there’s no alternative but to go in to the road which can be quite dangerous.

“In some cases people don’t have a choice but to park on the pavement, but we’re asking people where they do have a choice, to avoid using the pavement.

“It’s a problem that affects everyone – from blind people, people who use wheelchairs, parents pushing buggies or anyone who just wants to walk from A to B safely.”

Lynn Ritchie, Learner Leadership Coordinator at Hereward College said:

“Charities such as Guide Dogs and Living Streets have been raising awareness of this issue for a number of years and a recent Guide Dogs survey showed that 72% of people had been affected by pavement parking.

“It’s an area many of our learners feel passionate about, and by helping to raise awareness of the problem, the young people will be working with and supporting their community – bringing people together to improve the spaces that matter to all of us, not least those who have a disability.”

The students will be developing a range of publicity initiatives and working with community organisations to develop their citywide campaign.  If there are any organisations or businesses who would like to be involved or who can support in any way please contact twitter @HPPCampaign #THINKbeforeyoupark