Coronavirus and remaking streets

Maya-Liam walking in an underground station using a white cane with a pink handle. A gold bar spans across the bottom of the photo.

Lockdowns as a result of coronavirus are starting to be eased across the world. Since the pandemic began, we have seen changes made to street layouts, largely to encourage cycling so that people don’t have to use public transport and the roll-out of rental e-scooter schemes.

We want to ensure that any changes to our streets that may appear across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales allow blind and partially sighted people and those with other disabilities to still safely get around and to cross the roads using pedestrian crossing facilities.We also want to ensure that e-scooter schemes do not negatively impact on blind or partially sighted pedestrians. You can read our advice to local authorities and e-scooter operators below, along with ways you can get involved and support our campaigns to make our streets safe for everyone.

It is also important that public transport is safe and accessible, as blind or partially sighted people are more likely to rely on it to get to work, health appointments, the shops, or just to meet friends. We are currently urging the Department of Transport and Network Rail to prioritise the installation of tactile paving along station platforms were it is missing, as they are a crucial safety feature for passengers with sight loss.  Find out how you can help below.