Equal Pavements Pledge
Who can use our pavements?
Disabled people make up a vast proportion of the UK – 14.1 million (1 in 5 people) people. The combined total spending power of households including at least one disabled person is estimated at £274 billion a year.
As lockdown restrictions gradually begin to lift and we look towards opening up and “building back better”, there’s never been a better opportunity to reset and centre accessibility at the heart of our plans.
If we don’t, we risk excluding many disabled people from our streets entirely.
Last Summer, Transport For All gathered our members and disabled community to discuss issues with changes to streets: 81% of those we polled felt concerned that the ‘new normal’ would be inaccessible to them. Barriers such as the lack of dropped kerbs, inconsistent tactile paving, uneven or steep pavements, potholes and tree roots, street clutter and bollards, make the streets difficult to traverse if you are disabled. Outdoor furniture for al fresco dining has only complicated matters further.
Disabled people cannot be forgotten as we reopen society.
That’s why we are calling on councils and transport authorities alike to take the pledge and commit to these 7 promises to #PaveTheWay and ensure our streets are accessible to everyone.
Click the buttons below to access the Equal Pavements Pledge. If you represent a Local Authority and would like to sign up to the pledge and have your logo featured below, please get in touch.
Who has taken the pledge?
Cllr Rachael Robathan
Cllr Lesley Macinnes
Cllr Caroline Russell
Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM
Sian Berry AM
Take action: write to your local council
You can help support this campaign by writing to your local council and asking them to commit to our Equal Pavements Pledge. A template you can use for your email is below.