#StreetsForAll: Phase 1: E-scooters and pavement parking
Our cities, towns, villages and streets should be open to all. But the ability of blind and partially sighted people to move around towns, cities and their own neighbourhoods is being impeded by problems – both old and new.
Pavement parking is a recurring problem for blind and partially sighted people. Badly parked cars block pavements and force pedestrians into the road, into the path of oncoming traffic. Yet outside of London, it remains legal.
But a newer problem, E-scooters, is now adding to the difficulty. Rented e-scooters are being just left at the top of staircases, outside shop doorways and in the middle of pavements, literally putting lives at risk and affecting the safety of visually impaired pedestrians.
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 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.
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.
Three years ago the government ran a public consultation to find out people’s views on pavement parking – yet we are still to hear the results.
Join us in writing to the Secretary of State. We need him to lay out the government’s plans and understand how important the issue of pavement parking is for blind and partially sighted people.