Camden Disabled People's Voices

Community insights from disabled Camden residents

Community insights from disabled Camden residents

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Camden Disabled People's Voices

About this site

The Camden Disabled People’s Voices project collects and shows Disabled people’s reports on the issues that matter to them.

Our reports, or stories, are a public record of Disabled people’s views on all the good things and bad things we experience in this borough.

Importantly, the stories are also a tool we use to start conversations with service providers, celebrate successes and push for positive changes.

The map here shows all our reports from the local area - click to read the headlines

We need new ideas to deal with congestion on Kentish Town Road, says Oliver

Dealing with congestion is a challenge which is why it is important to trial new ideas.  A solution for the Kentish Town Road pavement widening is to remove the kerb entirely and create a shared space for pedestrians and cars.

Kentish Town Road, Camden Town, London, UK

The law on inaccessible shops needs to be upheld

In this audio report Sarah describes how some local shops and pavements aren't accessible to wheelchair users or people using other mobility aids.

Chapel Market, London, UK

Mik suggests solution to Arlington Road LTN

In this video Mik suggests a solution to the LTN access problems faced by Blue Badge Holders. Mik suggests using Congestion Charging Exemption systems to allow Blue Badge Holders to access to roads closed to other motorists.

Arlington Road, London, UK

More electric car charge points needed, says Mary

There are increasing numbers of electric cars in my area despite their high prices. The problem is some locals are charging their pollution-busting vehicles from their homes, which has resulted in cables being draped across pavements.

Boscastle Road, London, UK

Jill and Mary grill urban design company over Dartmouth Park ‘rules’

In this piece, community reporters Jill and Mary interview design engineer Rebecca Jones from Urban Movement about the Dartmouth Park 'charter'. 

37 Twisden Rd, London NW5 1DL, UK

Cycle lane wands absolute magic – Jill

It’s much better now the pop-up cycle lanes have these ‘wands’ because you can see the lanes at night. They look just like the runways at airports at night-time

159 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE, UK

Mik’s first drive to hospital through the Arlington Road LTN

I live with in the Arlington Road Lower Traffic Neighbourhood and just took my first trip to the Royal Free Hospital since the project started. Roads total gridlock. A journey that used to take 10 minutes took 34 only by using side roads.

Arlington Road, London, UK

Pavement bays widened for social distancing ‘not really in use’, Jill says

We walk down Kentish Town High Street there are lots people on the pavement but just by Iceland and McDonald’s and the motorbike box that the person uses to put the takeaway McDonald’s food in accidentally caught my arm.

Unit 4, 45 Holmes Rd, London NW5 3AN, UK

‘Happy to Talk’ benches can beat loneliness, says new reporter Oliver

I found out about Happy to Chat benches from the BBC News. The idea behind them is to help tackle loneliness by encouraging strangers to talk to each other in a safe, neutral space, like a park. It’s as simple as ideas get really.

Chalcot Square, London, UK

The middle way for cyclists and Disabled people

When it comes to our streets, cyclists and Disabled people can sometimes appear to be natural foes, with each group permanently camped on opposite sides of the active travel debate. This narrative paints Disabled people as being inevitably opposed to things like cycle lanes and traffic-blocking bollards because they make it harder for them to get around and they have fewer alternative ways of travelling than non-disabled people.

155 Camden High St, London NW1 7JY, UK

Cycle lanes and LTNs not blocking ambulances, research finds

When I heard reports saying the new pop-up cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) were delaying ambulances and putting people's lives at risk, I thought I should dig around and find out if the accusations were true.

Camden Council, Pancras Square, London, UK

Bus stop bypasses a royal mess, say Jill and Mik

Royal College Street, London, UK

Covid rules ruined my Garden oasis says Sarah

Culpeper Community Garden, Cloudesley Road, London, UK

Jill checks out the new Morrison’s

I went to the new Morrison’s in Chalk Farm - the temporary one that’s going to be there for five years. It was very good, easy to walk in to. You had to queue and then a security guard looks at you and then he makes sure you’re okay.

Morrisons, Chalk Farm Road, London, UK

Zoom helps Robert meet daughter during lockdown

"We sang Christmas Carols to Ellie through the window."

Camden Town, London, UK

“Signs too high to see” – Jill on Swain’s Lane’s traffic reduction

"I got in my car and looked everywhere for the no right turn sign on Swain's Lane and then I finally found this. You have to actually look up high before you see it. It's too high for anyone in a car seat to see."

Swain's Lane, London, UK

“So many people are ignoring this” – Mary on Swain’s Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood

"My name is Mary. I'm a Trustee of Camden Disability Action. I'd like to give some feedback on the traffic-calming measures on Swain's Lane, N6.

Swain's Lane, London, UK

Lime back peddles after Mik Tweet

After taking this photo of two hire bikes from the company Lime, and posting it to Twitter, Lime contacted me to reassure me they would be moved. I have also heard from a new company that produces accessible bike stores available for all types of cycles, including those used by disabled people.

Camden Town, London, UK

“Pop up cycle lanes are no good” says Jill

My view is that pop-up bike lanes are not a good idea. They are dangerous because they take up too much room, they don't have barriers around them and they’re not lit up properly. 

Prince of Wales Road, London, UK

“The safer travel programme is for vulnerable people like me” – Mary’s Haverstock Hill response.

"This is my response to the pausing of the Haverstock Hill cycle lane. I live in the borough of Camden and I'm disabled. Camden's policy of safer streets is for vulnerable people, people like me.

Haverstock Hill, London, UK

More consultation needed – Robert on the Haverstock Hill cycle lane

I am in two minds about the successful legal challenge to the pop-up cycle lanes on Haverstock Hill. I welcome the challenge but I am shocked that Camden Council carried out the changes without any consultation.

Haverstock Hill, London, UK

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