I was surprised when I moved to Pittsburgh to find that parking on the sidewalk seems to be somewhat common and tacitly accepted.
Someone explained to me that the streets were built before large trucks became prominent so there is not enough space on the road for drivers to drive and drivers to park, so the move onto the sidewalk began.
But where are pedestrians supposed to go?
Walking up to this giant truck in Lawrenceville there was no option but to step into the traffic on Penn Ave. I can hop around it, but I shouldn’t have to.
What about parents with a stroller? A grandmother in a wheelchair? A man using a cane? There are no options except walking directly into the path of traffic.
This is a truck parked on the sidewalk in the Strip District:
When I asked someone else about it they responded it wasn’t a problem on this particular street because “No one really walks there anyway”.
No kidding! Why would anyone WANT to walk somewhere if you were going to be dodging cars and trucks when crossing the street and trying to escape them on the sidewalk too?
For more delightful images of “Space hogs” around the world, check out the Streetsblog photo contest from last year.
And if you drive, please think about your neighbors before you decide to park on the sidewalk.