London cyclists ‘collide with 25% of guide dogs’ working in the capital

There are 41,060 people registered blind or partially sighted in London

Blind ‘trapped’ by poor pavements
Guide dog owners’ anger over access
A quarter of guide dogs working in London have been hit by a bike, according to the organisation Guide Dogs.

A survey involving a fifth of guide dog owners in the city also found 70% had experienced a near miss with cyclists on pavements or jumping red lights.

Rob Harris from Guide Dogs said some visually impaired people were “fearful” about going out which was “worrying”.

The London Cycling Campaign said every cyclist had a “duty of care”.

Charlie Lloyd from the organisation said: “Any crash or a close pass which frightens or intimidates a pedestrian is unacceptable.

Cyclist reminders
“Far worse when that person is blind, partially sighted or in any way less able than we are.”

Guide dog owner Deborah Persaud said she was involved in a collision with a cyclist on the pavement while she was walking home in Islington.

She said: “My dress was torn, the contents of my handbag damaged and I was left with damage to my shoulder and hip.”

As part of the campaign, Guide Dogs said it was reminding riders to use a bell or call out to owners waiting to cross the road to let them know they were on the road and to remind cyclists not to ride up behind a guide dog in case it startles them.

It added that cyclists should always dismount if using the pavement.

There are 41,060 people registered blind or partially sighted in London with just over 320 using guide dogs in the city.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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