#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 Sight Loss Councils' pledge

Sight Loss Councils are calling on local authorities to commit to their pledge to ensure street redesigns are inclusive and accessible for everyone.

The 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.

For more information about the #StreetsForAll campaign and how to contact your own representatives, visit the Sight Loss Councils website.