Sight Loss Councils (SLC), a collection of local advocacy groups for the rights of blind and partially sighted people, have announced a new e-bike partnership to encourage more users to park responsibly.
The collaboration had led to the launch of a new in-app messaging service to encourage cyclists to park considerately and avoid obstructing the pavements, which can cause difficulty for blind and partially sighted people.
Through the app, riders will be encouraged to press a button as a commitment to safe parking practices, while also being shown examples of how irresponsible parking has affected people with sight loss.
Harry Meade, South West London Sight Loss Council member, said: “As a blind person who uses a long cane to get out and about, I’m delighted that Lime and Sight Loss Councils are working together.
“We want to encourage everyone using e-bikes and scooters to park them safely and out of the way. Working together, we can make the streets safe for everyone.”
Sight Loss Councils is organised through by blind and partially sighted volunteers, and works with organisations to advocate for improved accessibility and inclusivity.
The group’s Listening Month campaign revealed that 75% of blind and partially sighted people feel that street safety is the thing that mattered most to them.
Micromobility operator Lime will host the new service through its app.
Lucy Williams, senior engagement manager for South England, SLC, said: “We’re very pleased to have worked with Lime on this campaign to share the importance of safe parking. Making streets accessible is a priority for all Sight Loss Councils across England.
“We believe that all blind and partially sighted people should be able to travel and navigate our streets independently and safely. We hope that sharing our lived experience of sight loss with people who ride Lime bikes will improve parking etiquette and ensure the safety of blind and partially sighted pedestrians.”
Innovations and achievements such as this will highlighted and celebrated at the second annual CiTTi Awards, which takes place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 21 November 2023. Entries are now open and close on July 28. For more information, please visit www.cittiawards.co.uk