National charity Living Streets is defying tradition and asking people to fall out of love this Valentine’s Day.
Living Streets wants people to fall out of love with their cars and instead show their pavements some love this year, as the UK charity continues its ‘Pavements for People’ campaign which calls for more space for pedestrians.
In September last year, the Prime Minister announced a suite of actions to support the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), including measures to develop 200 fast-charging stations throughout the UK.
The charity says that numerous examples of the thoughtless placement of charging points on the pavement are resulting in unnecessary obstructions. This comes alongside a delay on action on pavement parking which is also seeing space being taken away from people walking.
Tanya Braun, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets said: “Pavements are for people – not cars, or poorly-placed street furniture. Cluttered streets are inconvenient for everyone, but it’s particularly problematic for people with wheelchairs, buggies, or those living with sight loss.
“Our towns and cities should be places where walking is the natural choice for local, everyday journeys so people can stay active, healthy and connected to their community.
“Walking is good for your heart. And walking with a loved one this Valentine’s Day can be good for your heart in more ways than one. We’re encouraging people to show their pavements a little love this year and leave their cars at home.”
The charity is urging people to show some love to their pavements this Valentine’s Day by writing to their local council through their simple online action, which can be tailored to an individual’s area: www.livingstreets.org.uk/pavements