There was another near miss this week when a resident pulling carefully out of their road was unable, due to cars parked at the junction, to see a group of approaching cyclists. Although nobody was hurt on this occasion, the cyclists had to swerve and could have been forced into the path of oncoming traffic. Although Cranbrook has no road lining may we remind residents that the principles of the Highway Code still apply: It is illegal to leave your vehicle:
- in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road
- opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction unless in an authorised parking space
- where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
- on a bend
- partly or fully on the pavement [as parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs].
Additionally, when parking your vehicle please may we remind residents to:
- park close to the kerb
- leave enough space for a fire engine or an ambulance to pass
- leave extra room near tight corners
- fold in your wing mirrors
- take care to ensure that your vehicle is not obstructing the road or pavement.