Mary marks International Women’s Day

  Transcript of Mary’s audio My name is Mary and I live in the London borough of Camden. I am disabled and I’m calling to mark International Women’s Day which is on the 8th of March this year. This year things are a bit different because of Covid. Women are living more so at home…

Jill checks out the new Morrison’s

By Jill 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. It’s very small and…

Are cycle lanes and LTNs blocking ambulances?

By Tom When I heard reports saying the new cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) were stopping ambulances going about their business and putting people’s lives at risk, I thought I should dig around and find out if the accusations were really true. In this story I explain that while there is in fact…

Meet Sarah

By Sarah Hayes I have two loving parents who have always supported me and have never been judgemental of my learning disability, physical disability or mental health problems. They have always treated me the same as my younger sister. School made me feel different to the other children around me and I was bullied throughout…

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…

Camden’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, pollution and Disabled people

Background Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Camden Council has added 20 new road closures to the 80 already in place. Most of the new schemes consist of bollards blocking off single roads but some are more extensive than this, with multiple roads blocked. The council has created these ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ (LTNs) to…

In the dock – Councillor Adam Harrison on hire bikes

In response to concerns raised by Camden Disability Action’s Street Access Co-Production Group about hire bikes being left on the pavement, Councillor Adam Harrison has sent us a video explaining that hire bikes now have to be left in designated parking docks.

Zoom helps Robert meet daughter during lockdown

Listen to an audio version of Robert’s story here: By Robert My wife and I have only seen our daughter Eléonore, who has profound and multiple learning disabilities, once since November because since then – for very good reasons – her support agency has interpreted the social distancing rules in the strictest possible way. When…

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. What’s shocking about…

“Pop up cycle lanes are no good” says Jill

By Jill The problem is they forgot to ask the people who live and work near the new cycle lanes. 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.  They’re…

The Haverstock Hill Street Blues – Mik slams the planned cycle lane

By Mik Click here to listen to Mik’s audio: Hello it’s Mik Scarlet here and I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the Haverstock Hill situation. What’s key to this is that the Government put in place called something called an Emergency Traffic Order right and it’s meant to be temporary to allow councils…

More consultation needed – Robert on the Haverstock Hill cycle lane

By Robert Click here for an audio version of Robert’s report: 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. With consultation, Camden could improve the environment: more…

Bin that bad attitude says Jill

By Jill This morning I had a run-in with the rubbish collector. He was shouting at me, complaining that my family hadn’t put our bins out on the street. The thing is we’re on a special list of people who don’t have to take our bins out because we’ve got mobility problems or we’re elderly….

Meet Mary

I was brought up in County Limerick with my Granny’s sister. The most important thing that happened to me in my life was being the daughter of an Irish single mother. It shaped my feminism My father was unwell due to alcoholism and I had two brothers though we lived apart until I was six…

Meet Eléonore & Robert

Listen to an audio version of Robert’s story here: By Robert I am writing the answers not on Eléonore’s behalf but from my perspective as I see and know her. Eléonore was born with a very rare genetic disorder. There is no evidence that her condition is hereditary nor was it a condition that could…

Meet Jill & Jargon John

By Jill I live in Highgate London. I am married, me and my husband have learning disabilities. I have four teenage children, we decided to plan our family so that they all grow up together. One of our children has learning disabilities and dyspraxia dyslexic autism, one son has a physical disability, my daughter is…