Watch out for blind and partially sighted people
People with with poor sight rely on their hearing to get around safely. They cannot hear cycles so we have to use our eyes to help them.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind is calling for all cyclists to use their Cycleyes. We should help blind people don't frighten or harm them.
They ask cyclists to remember these five points:
- Pay attention - look to see if the guide dog and owner, or person with a cane are waiting to cross. Remember that they can’t always see or hear you.
- If you see the guide dog and owner or person with a cane waiting to cross, use your bell or call out to let them know you’re there.
- If the guide dog and owner or cane user are already crossing the road, please stop and wait until they've reached the other side.
- Do not cycle up behind or around the guide dog and owner, no matter how much space you think you’ve given them. The dog may be startled and get confused.
- If you need to use the pavement for any reason, please dismount. Bumping off the kerb onto the road can scare and confuse the guide dog.
LCC Campaigns Officer Charlie Lloyd said: "People riding bikes in London have a duty of care to look out for every other road user. Any crash or a close pass which frightens or intimidates a pedestrian is unacceptable. Far worse when that person is blind, partially sighted or in any way less able than we are."
The Guide Dogs website reports that "a short survey of our client group in London showed that of the guide dog owners who responded, 42% had been involved in a collision with a cyclist and 76% have had a near miss when cyclists either ride on pavements or skip red lights at pedestrian crossings."
These results come from a short 'Survey Monkey' form completed by 33 of the 320 guide dog owners in London.