London Cycling Campaign supports RNIB campaign to safeguard Judd Street access

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) is supporting a new campaign launched by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to ensure Judd Street, one of the UK’s busiest streets for the visually impaired, is as safe as possible for blind and partially sighted people.  Judd Street is where the RNIB has its headquarters.

RNIB has raised concerns that the proposed extension of the North-South Cycle Superhighway onto Judd Street would see signalised crossings removed, making it more difficult for  visitors, volunteers and staff to safely access its head office when cyclist numbers increase.

LCC agrees that protecting vulnerable road users on Judd Street –and indeed making all London’s streets safer for everyone – is paramount.  LCC already supports redirecting the Cycle Superhighway to stay on Farringdon Road as a much better alternative. Or, if a suitable alternative route is not achievable, LCC agrees there should be amendments to the design of the Superhighway to take into account safety concerns raised.

LCC hopes to work with RNIB, TfL and Camden Council to ensure the needs of the blind and visually impaired are taken into account on Judd Street, including providing safe crossing spaces and enforcing the Highway Code for all road users. 

Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of LCC said: “We want to create a safe environment for all road users including blind & visually impaired people. We would be delighted to work with RNIB so future cycling infrastructure programs support their needs better, and will be suggesting joint education campaigns to improve safety and accessibility for both groups.

Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing said: “This highlights the importance of talking with all groups that are impacted by new developments. I’m shocked the RNIB were not properly consulted over the equality impact assessment. Judd Street needs a solution that works for everyone.”