#StreetsForAll Phase 2: Inaccessible street designs
Many local authorities are redesigning their streets to accommodate more pedestrians and cyclists, in order to adhere to social distancing measures. New one-way systems, increased cycle lanes and outdoor seating areas, however, are acting as physical barriers to blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Many of these changes are being implemented with little consultation and they are not being communicated effectively to disabled people.
Commit to our pledge
We are calling on local authorities to commit to our pledge to ensure street redesigns are inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Our pledge asks local councils to:
· Seek guidance from sight loss organisations and blind and partially sighted people on highways schemes at the design stage.
· Communicate changes on highways schemes in an accessible way to make sure that blind and partially sighted people can understand the implications of alterations in their neighbourhoods.
· Carry out Equality Impact Assessments on highways schemes to evaluate whether the proposed changes are safe and appropriate for disabled pedestrians.
We also encourage local authorities to download street redesigns guidance developed by Thomas Pocklington Trust, Guide Dogs, RNIB and Visionary.
Share your stories
Are you visually impaired and confused and frustrated by one-way systems at your local station? Have you tried to walk down your street and been forced into the road, because of outdoor seating outside a restaurant? Share your experiences using the hashtag #StreetsForAll on Twitter and Facebook. Blogs, videos and pictures are welcome.
Write to your local councillor
Write to your local Councillor with information about our #StreetsForAll campaign and encourage them to sign up to our pledge.
If you get a response, we’d love to know. Please email email@example.com.
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.
Read more on the work we did around e-scooters and pavement parking in #StreetsForAll phase 1.
Throughout Phase 2 we will continue to encourage local authorities and e-scooter operators to follow guidance to ensure our streets are safe for everyone.