Going for a stress-free walk is something many take for granted. But for blind and partially sighted people, the reality is very different.
Fast and silent e-scooters are putting blind and partially sighted people at risk. Cars parked on pavements force people to step into the road, risking injury from potential oncoming traffic. Chairs and tables outside restaurants, A-Boards and overhanging bushes are all obstacles to avoid.
Visually Impaired people should be able to enjoy our nation’s public spaces independently and safely. Our streets should be accessible to everyone.
Share our film and help us call for #StreetsforAll.
Phase 1: E-scooters and pavement parking
The first phase of our campaign will focus on pavement parking and the increased use of e-scooters.
We are calling for a change in government guidance on e-scooters to include:
· The installation of Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems (AVAS) on e-scooters.
· A reduction to the current 15.5mph speed limit
· Geotagging restrictions to prevent pavement use
We strongly recommend the use of guidance for local authorities and e-scooter operators developed by Thomas Pocklington Trust, RNIB, Guide dogs and Visionary.
How should e-scooters sound? Take our survey
As part of our #StreetsForAll campaign, we are calling for The installation of Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems (AVAS) on e-scooters.
We are conducting research into how AVAS should sound and we would value your feedback.
Fill in our short survey and let us know how you feel e-scooters can be made safer and what sound they should make.
The survey is only five questions long and should take you no longer than five minutes to complete.
The Government has launched a consultation which runs until 22 November on pavement parking. It asks whether pavement parking should be banned and what powers local authorities should be given to challenge individuals who park their cars on pavements. We are calling for the public and politicians to respond to the consultation. We recommend for a nationwide ban on pavement parking because it represents a real danger to the safety and independence of not just blind and partially sighted pedestrians but also wheelchair users and families with buggies
Have your say
Fill in our short survey and tell us what you think about pavement parking and the introduction of E-Scooters.
Write to your MP
Tell your MP about our campaign. Ask them to support a change in the government guidance on E-scooters and encourage them to get behind a ban on pavement parking.
Four easy steps to send your local councillor or MP a message:
1) Go to www.writetothem.com and enter your postcode
2) Select your councillor or MP – if you have more than one you can choose to write to them all. This will create a blank form for your message where you can write your own or use the text from our template letter. Make sure you include your contact details on your form so that you get a reply.
3) Click Preview and Send
4) You will receive a confirmation email – click this and your letter is sent.