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Photo #167118

[Image taken 13.4.21] Library Square (Museum Street/Lendal Bridge), York. During covid-19 lockdowns, the previously safe and 'human-feeling' space in front of York Explore (library, cafe, events space) has become a de facto parking area. Police have used it for initiatives (pulling over drivers and checking them). More frequently, much more frequently, food delivery drivers such as those from Deliveroo leave their motor vehicles here while they collect the order. The middle driver seemed to be doing this. I don't know the reason for the other vehicles here. There were blue badge spaces in front of the building, to the right of the entrance. (There are cycle racks on the other side.) The whole of the front of the building is covered in scaffolding at present so none of the parking spaces (car or cycle) are in use. Taxi drivers also use Library Square to pick up and set down. The vehicles and their - often sudden - movements mean the space no longer feels safe or welcoming. The motor vehicles also bring pollution danger with them. See also: #172064. Just round the corner is Exhibition Square. It too should be a people space but feels like parking. See: #160855. While the triangle on Rougier Street simply feels like the space under the stairs where you chuck all the things you can't think where to put them see: #164846.

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