The Guide Dogs charity has called on cyclists to take extra care near guide dogs. A survey by the organisation found that one in four of visually impaired people had been hit by a bike. It has launched a campaign, which is backed by Transport for London and the London Cycling Campaign, to educate cyclists.
Guide Dogs has prepared five pieces of advice for cyclists:
- 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.
- 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.