Community Scotland is supporting a campaign to help visually-impaired people in Glasgow.
The Listen campaign is raising awareness about how plans to encourage people in Glasgow to walk and cycle more have made parts of the city dangerous and inaccessible for visually-impaired people.
The new street layout has seen the expansion of footpaths and cycle lanes, but changes to kerb design have made distinguishing between pavements and cycle lanes difficult. There have also been problems with cyclists riding on pavements, broken signals, street furniture, parking on pavements, ‘floating’ bus stops on cycle lanes, new junctions and outdoor seating.
Councillor Robert Mooney (Chair of the National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD)) is working on the campaign alongside other disability activists in the Glasgow area. As part of its ‘In your community’ initiative, Community Union is supporting the campaign, and the union’s Glasgow office is hosting the campaign’s meetings. The first meeting was held there on 14 September.
Community’s Sidra Nisa said:
“We are working together on a plan to make the streets safer for everybody, especially for the visually-impaired.
“We want to hear from you if the new street plans are impacting your accessibility and safety.”
To raise your concerns, email Community’s qualities team.
In your community: Community believes that everyone can change the world around them, and we want people to take greater control of their neighbourhoods, building strong communities to create real, lasting change. Find out more, or get involved, here.
National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD): Community has been supporting disabled people since 1899, with the formation of the National League of the Blind and Disabled as a trade union.
Decades of campaigning from the NLBD and other disabled rights activists led to the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, making it unlawful to discriminate against people based on their disability.
In 2000, the NLBD joined with the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation to form the union that is now known as Community.