MPs support Guide Dogs’ A to Z of street obstacles

Guide Dogs for the Blind is to launch an A to Z guide to street obstacles at a Westminster reception for MPs as part of its wider campaign, Safer Streets.

The publication launch on 9 March at Portcullis House follows a motion presented by Dr Rudi Vis MP to the House of Commons, which has been signed by over 100 MPs. Guide Dogs is also working with local authorities, retailers, drivers and other residents to reduce pedestrian hazards, and has launched a web page.

The campaign details how items such as advertising boards, hedges, scaffolding and wheelie bins cause problems for the visually impaired. The guide includes a pop-up pavement with three-dimensional pedestrian obstructions and offers practical suggestions for an obstacle-free environment.

Guide Dogs director of policy Tom Pey said: ‘We frequently hear of clients walking into ad boards, while others have been forced into the road close to traffic they cannot see because cars are parked, blocking pavements.’

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