1. Think about how you use the pavement outside your house. Items like bins can cause an unexpected hazard for blind and partially sighted people. Please keep your bins off the street, and don’t leave them out any longer than needed on bin day
2. When cycling help make yourself as detectable as possible, wear bright high visibility clothing and use lights. Use your voice to alert others to your presence and kindly let them know whether they need to take action, as ringing a bell gives an unclear signal that can confuse pedestrians. Be aware that cycles can be intimidating for blind and partially sighted people and give way to pedestrians.
3. Guide dogs are cute and look friendly but they’re concentrating. Please don’t touch or distract a guide dog without permission. Interacting with a guide dog without consent from the owner can make it harder for them to carry out their work, sometimes having an effect for the rest of the day. Find out more on the hashtag #DontDiveOnTheDog
4. If you have an electric vehicle which you charge from your home, make sure when you’re charging it that the pavement is kept safe. Trailing electric cables make a trip hazard which can be hard to detect, particularly for blind and partially sighted people.
5. If you hire an e-scooter, make sure you follow the rules and stick to the roads or cycle paths, and give pedestrians space while overtaking. If you’re coming up behind a pedestrian use your voice to let them know you’re there.
6. When using a dockless rental e-bike or e-scooter, please don’t leave it parked on the pavement, it could create a trip hazard. Park it in the gutter or out of the way of pedestrians.
7. Cars parked on the pavement can cause unpredictable obstacles for blind and partially sighted people, even meaning people have to walk in the road. Please avoid parking your car on the pavement wherever possible.
8. Blind or partially sighted people tend to memorize regular routes and be able to get to their destination without assistance. But if you see a blind or partially sighted person who looks lost, introduce yourself and ask them if they need any help. If they say yes, ask how they want to be helped and please don't touch them without permission.
Don’t feel awkward, friendly interactions can help people feel more confident about travelling alone. But it is important to always respect personal space, so be mindful of not getting to close when you approach someone to offer help.
9. Help to increase understanding by sharing these tips with friends and colleagues and by interacting with and sharing posts on personal and RNIB’s social media
10. Make sure any trees or shrubs in your front garden don’t overhang onto the pavement, and cut back any that do. Overhanging branches can cause particularly unwelcome obstacles as there’s no indication of them at ground level, meaning sometimes the first you know of it is when one hits you in the face!
11. Report faulty crossings, unmarked holes in the ground, or anything else that could be a hazard or obstruction on the pavement to your local authority. Even a quick tweet could help sort out the problem.
12. Find your local council website with the gov.uk search facility – look out for consultations and opportunities to feed in on street plans and changes. Street design plans should have segregated cycleways, detectable kerbs and controlled crossings like pelican crossings where you need to push a button to cross. Let your council know if you think any planned designs might cause issues for blind and partially sighted people.
13. If you have experience of sight loss and want to share what’s useful and helpful for you, why not make a video or write about your experience and share on social media using the hashtag #ProtectOurPavements?
14. Read RNIB’s report See Streets Differently, and learn more about how blind and partially sighted people get around, and the actions you, and street-designers and businesses, can take to make our streets more inclusive for everyone.