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Not enough Drop curbs is problem with my disability

buddie2411
buddie2411 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Is there people finding the pavements in Coventry a problem with not enough drop curbs on my scooter cars and vans parked on the pavements   so I have to go on the road so dangerous 

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  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    I dont live in coventry but in the north east and it is the same here. It makes my blood boil.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

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    Welcome to the community @buddie2411 :) I'm sorry that you've been having problems navigating the pavements. Have you spoken to your MP or local councillors about the problem?

    I'm going to tag in @Richard_Scope too.
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  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    If I started to tell my local councillor/MP everything that was wrong with the local community as far as disabled people are concerned I would be there until after Christmas. I just wish it was a law that if anyone digs up a pavement when they relay it a drop kerb had to be put in. That would help anyway.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,270 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @littleacorn how are you tonight? I won't say that I even begin to share your problem as my disability isn'y physical, what I would say is that I do find in general that there are many more dropped curbs than there used to be . But I think the idea of contacting your local councillors and MP is a sound one.
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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,914

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    Hi @buddie2411
    I find that people parking across the dropped kerbs is a problem here in Coventry, especially if you use a mobility scooter or power and can't easily get up a standard kerb.
    Coventry City Council is going to review the rules around dropped kerbs in the city. On the webpage, you will see the name of a councillor you can contact and how to raise issues about street furniture.
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  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    It is an idea but I dont think it is good timing for me. I will keep in mind though. Maybe a new years resolution!
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,236 Disability Gamechanger
    I think this is an issue in most places but I find mainly its people parking over dropped kerbs or also parking halfway on the pavement and the road meaning a wheelchair or even a pram cant get past then you have to go back to find a drop kerb so you can get on the road to pass the parked car putting yourself in danger.

    There is a disabled parking area in my town centre where there are no drop kerbs at the end of the parking bays so you have to go onto the road until you come to the crossing , whoever planned this obviously doesnt use a wheelchair
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  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    What annoys me is when they have went to the trouble of putting in a dropped kerb but it is still not flush or there is a dropped kerb on one side of the road and none on the other. So senseless.
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,642 Disability Gamechanger
    Dropped kerbs alone aren't designed to be crossings.  They're for cars to cross the pavement to reach a property (the only time it's legal to drive on a pavement).

    It sounds like you're after more specific crossings but they take a lot more planning to ensure it's at a safe point for the person crossing, with good visibility for both driver and pedestrian, and that also won't interrupt traffic flow.  On busier roads they obviously have to put in zebra, toucan or pelican crossings to ensure that cars will stop.

    As for people parking half on a pavement, it winds me up no end both on foot and as a driver...presumably they feel it's better than parking fully on the road, but it just ends up restricting both the road and the pavement causing twice as much inconvenience!  Sadly it's a necessity in some modern estates though, they've been built too tight despite knowing exactly how many private cars each home is likely to own now.


  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    Last week I used a crossing with a central island. Dropped kerb off pavement, dropped kerb to access the island in the middle of the road, dropped kerb to get off the island but no dropped kerb to get on pavement at the other side. What also annoys me is you get onto the pavement via a dropped kerb along the pavement for quite some distance then no dropped kerb to get off. So off you go back along the pavement to get off and then along the road which is unsafe to get to where you need to be.
  • deb74
    deb74 Member Posts: 767 Pioneering
    My Mom uses a mobility scooter and lives on a main road. The nearest dropped curb to her house is 100 yards away and as it is a main road she can't really go on the road. 
  • soconfused
    soconfused Member Posts: 102 Courageous
    Round where I live in Newport the pavements are really bad and I get thrown about everywhere. Dropped curbs are missing on some streets and parked over in others - as I type this someone has blocked my drive so bad I couldn't get out on my scooter even if I had to. I've had to ask the Police to warn them. But it happens so often it's unreal. 
  • soconfused
    soconfused Member Posts: 102 Courageous
    Last week I used a crossing with a central island. Dropped kerb off pavement, dropped kerb to access the island in the middle of the road, dropped kerb to get off the island but no dropped kerb to get on pavement at the other side. What also annoys me is you get onto the pavement via a dropped kerb along the pavement for quite some distance then no dropped kerb to get off. So off you go back along the pavement to get off and then along the road which is unsafe to get to where you need to be.
    I find I can get down most pavement drops without issue - but up to a certain height. I have a TGA Vita Midi which is not the fastest and has bad suspension but takes the knocks well. 
  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 232 Pioneering
    TGA vita midi is a scooter and I use a power chair. Powerchairs are obviously not as robust as a scooter but no good for me.
  • buddie2411
    buddie2411 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I understand where you are coming from but as I stated on here before to many cars and vans etc parked on the pavements so making it so unsafe for us as you have got to go on the road no choice if you want to get back on the pavement to try and find a drop curb  
    as you say drop curbs are an issue not enough of them so why don’t the government try to stop people parking on the pavements or if the do give us more place on the pavements 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

    Scope community team

    The Department for Transport ran a consultation survey recently on pavement parking @buddie2411, so hopefully that will influence future policy to make pavements more accessible for all. 
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