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[Image taken on 9.4.22] Library Square, York. Context: #180523. The 'vehicle' that preceded this one was a very young child on a balance bike accompanied by a female adult heading towards the library. Two young lads clambered out of this vehicle (personalised number plate?) both in shorts that suggested they were en route to or from playing organised sport. Then an adult male got out. None seemed to have mobility issues but in any case had they owned a blue badge permit the two disabled spaces here were free. I was in the library for around 10 minutes. The vehicle was still here when I came out. And while I took this image. The use of this space for short-term parking started in 2021. There are no obvious consequences to the people who use it (ditto at this location: #179209). Is it thoughtlessness? Is it ignorance? It needs to be challenged. Perhaps the drivers are not aware of the effects on others. At Library Square and on the riverside these include: the pollution, the psychological effect of a huge powerful vehicle in a - usually - motor traffic-free space with the subsequent loss of confidence in the safety of the area and the possible reduction in active travel of other users or in visiting the library(with knock-on effects of mental and physical wellbeing and possible isolation). At West Esplanade, the driver will be well aware s/he is depriving the Council of revenue but perhaps considers it a 'victimless' crime and is unaware of the consequences for residents - an increase in signage on the riverbank, and costs thereof but also the urbanisation of the appearance of that location, and the cost to all of the time of all council staff involved at all levels. Worrying too, is the behavioural legacy on the lads. Will they be aware of their privilege and grow up exploiting it or will they query the actions of the adults? I fear they will be oblivious to the impact on others. The same as for the young boy who was in the large, high vehicle that parked on the crossing at the Taco Bell on my first visit obstructing access to and from the outlet for those on foot (context: #173069). Other instance of a driver using this space for ferrying the family: #182481. Other images today: #181625 and links.

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