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My name is [INSERT YOUR NAME] and I live in [INSERT WHERE YOU LIVE], and I am writing to ask you what steps the council is doing to improve the accessibility of the footways, and express my hope that you will be signing up to Transport for All’s ‘Equal Pavements Pledge’. 

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. However, disabled people face a catalogue of different barriers when accessing the community using the footways. 

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 disabled people to discuss issues with changes to streets: 81% of those 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 and at times impossible to traverse. Outdoor furniture for al fresco dining has only complicated matters further.  

Disabled people cannot be forgotten as we reopen society.  

That’s why I hope [INSERT NAME OF COUNCIL] will take the Equal Pavements Pledge and commit to these 7 promises to #PaveTheWay and ensure our streets are accessible to everyone. 

Best wishes,