One person could have walked past them, but there was not enough room for a wheelchair. The only option, therefore, was for my brother to push the chair onto the dark road in the face of oncoming traffic. I still pass the same spot and often see cars parked not partially, but entirely on the footway, blocking it completely. I have reported this site (along with others in my town) to the police, only to be met with what seems to be indifference.
I look forward to the day when motorists are being prosecuted for unthinking behaviour. A few hefty fines may focus their minds on those less fortunate than themselves.