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Blind and partially sighted people tackle transport accessibility and safety

Blind and partially sighted people in Gloucestershire will have a chance to ‘Have a say on transport’ at Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council‘s event on 26 July (11am-1pm) at Kingsholme Stadium.

Guest speakers include representatives from Stagecoach, e-scooter provider – Zwings, as well as railway and taxi providers.

The event will give blind and partially sighted people the chance to learn more about the different travel options available in Gloucestershire, including particular services or adaptions made for blind and partially sighted travellers. 

E-scooters are appearing ever more on our streets and pavements, both through the e-scooter trials and private e-scooters – despite the latter still being currently illegal. This has raised concerns amongst visually impaired pedestrians – namely, that e-scooters are too fast and operate almost silently.

Blind and partially sighted people will be able to raise any concerns and questions, including around e-scooters, with the panel of local experts at the event which will take place at Kingsholme the Gloucester Rugby Club.

Alun Davies, Engagement Manager, for Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council said:

“Public transport is such a vital service to blind and partially sighted people and the past two years have been exceptionally challenging for both travel providers and blind and partially sighted people.”

“We have been working with Stagecoach to enhance the awareness of their drivers and we are delighted we have been able to partner with Stagecoach, Zwings and the other providers to organise this event.”

Places for this event are limited, so booking early is essential to avoid disappointment. Transport will be provided from Cheltenham to Gloucester and lunch will be provided following the event. 

People can register to attend the event by following the link on the Sight Loss Council’s event webpage. Bookings close at midnight on Sunday 17th July.

You can also register by phone with Alun Davies on 07779 169 019 or email 

Sight Loss Councils, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust and led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, advocate the needs of blind and partially sighted people, and influence positive change.

Photo: Sight Loss Councils