Sight Loss Councils and Lime use apps to keep streets safe for all 

Partnership with e-bikes and e-scooters provider aims to ensure considerate parking that doesn’t obstruct pavements for blind and partially sighted people. 

Around the country there are ever more schemes to encourage active travel and greener transport choices. We’ve reported on many such initiatives – but concerns have been raised about the adverse impact of these vehicles on our streets.

black and green kick scooter beside body of water during daytime

Photo by Lyle Hastie

In a survey conducted by Sight Loss Councils as part of its Listening Month campaign, 75% of blind and partially sighted people expressed concerns about street safety. Now steps are being taken to ensure that these new mobility schemes don’t stop other people getting about. 

The new partnership aims to educate riders so that they park more responsibly. The Lime app used to hire e-bikes and e-scooters now includes messaging to remind riders to park considerably and avoid obstructing the pavement. Riders can also be shown examples of the impacts of irresponsible parking on other people, and will be encouraged to commit to safe parking for the whole community. 

Sight Loss Councils are regional groups that work with organisations to ensure accessible and inclusive practice. The councils are led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, and funded by the Thomas Pocklington Trust. 

Lucy Williams, Senior Engagement Manager for South of England at the Sight Loss Councils, says: ‘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.’ 

Manish Kharel, General Manager at Lime in London adds: ‘At Lime, we’re committed to making sure that our streets are safe for everyone and we are consistently innovating to ensure rider and pedestrian safety. We’re delighted to partner with Sight Loss Councils to educate riders on the dangers and risks of inappropriate parking in our streets. Together, we hope we can drive real impact.’

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