Caroline welcomes the launch of Solihull Council's ‘Street Charter’.

Dame Caroline Spelman has welcomed Solihull Council’s move to introduce a new Street Charter to assist the borough’s vulnerable road users.

Vulnerable road users are those of us who may have difficulty seeing or hearing approaching traffic, or may have decreased mobility. This can include the elderly, the disabled, children or even cyclists and horse riders.

By committing to the Solihull Street Charter, the Council aims to improve highways access and movement for vulnerable road users in the borough, and has promised to continue to develop and change to meet their needs and requirements.

The charter, initially developed by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, has continued to progress through partnerships with local stakeholders including blind and partially sighted residents and organisations such as:  Solihull Vulnerable Road Users Group; Solihull Association for the Blind; and Guide Dogs.

As part of the Charter, going forward the Council will promote easy ways for vulnerable road users to report issues and will involve and consult vulnerable road users on new highways developments and, where reasonable and possible, make changes to those schemes.

Other commitments include carrying out regular checks of advertising boards and street or café furniture; ensuring pavements remain clear and accessible; and reviewing and auditing pedestrian crossings.

Dame Caroline said: ‘I am delighted to see that Solihull Council has introduced this new charter to support vulnerable road users’.

‘Having long supported campaigns led by organisations, including as the Guide Dogs, to improve public access and safety for vulnerable people, I believe that Solihull’s new Street Charter is a positive step forward in ensuring that our borough’s pavements, highways, roads and bridges are equally accessible for all’.