Being able to get around safely is important for everyone, but for people with sight loss some things can make it harder to do this. RNIB campaigns to make our streets and public transport safe and accessible to all.
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Walking journeys are fundamentally important for blind and partially sighted people to live with independence.
The Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, has asked train operators to withdraw plans to close over 800 ticket offices across England and at Glasgow Central station.
As part of RNIB's 'Who put that there!' campaign we've collected information on common problems faced by blind and partially sighted while navigating the streets. Find out what you can do to support people with sight loss in your neighbourhood and make our streets accessible for everyone.
Shared space, also known as shared surfaces, is a new design approach used by local authorities to improve the urban environment for everyone.
Tactile paving on our streets and train station platforms is vital to the safety and independence of blind and partially sighted pedestrians. But how does it work?
We all need to use our streets, whether that’s getting to work, going to the shops, taking care of our health or seeing friends and family. But for blind and partially sighted people, lots of things make it harder to get around, from bins or bikes left on the pavement, to inaccessible street designs and more.
We want to share how changes to our streets and vehicles are affecting the lives of blind and partially sighted people to help others understand why inclusive design is so important when it comes to our streets.
Micro mobility vehicles such as e-scooters are extremely difficult for blind and partially sighted people to see and operate quietly which also makes them difficult to hear.
This advice is for e-scooter operators and manufacturers to help make e-scooter rental schemes more accessible. We have produced similar guidance for local authorities which we will provide on request.
I'm Niall McMurtry, Volunteering Recruitment Manager at RNIB. As a visually impaired person and guide dog owner, I'm always aware of the challenges of getting around in my own neighbourhood.