Pavement parking should be banned or the net zero strategy will fail, a charity has warned. Sustainable transport charity Sustrans said the practice was “discriminatory” and warned that goals to get more people to walk and cycle would be “impossible” to reach unless pavement parking was outlawed. Disabled people find their routes blocked and struggle to get around their local areas because of cars parked on the pavement, the charity said. Some 56 per cent of disabled respondents to its poll of 23,000 people said they feel welcome when walking or using a wheelchair or mobility scooter – known as wheeling – in their local area, compared with 69 per cent of non-disabled people. The survey also suggested that just over half of residents on low incomes feel welcome, compared with three-quarters of those in managerial or professional roles. A ban in Scotland is expected to be introduced by the Holyrood administration next year. A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of cycling and walking and our plans are supported by an unprecedented £2 billion package of funding for active travel over five years.
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