‘Dangerous’ Dockless Bikes Blocking Streets, Say Disability Activists

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Registered as blind for 15 years, Deborah Persaud travels around London with guide dog Lewis by her side.

But on recent walks to work, the pair have faced a new challenge on pavements – dockless bikes for hire.

“Lewis has to navigate around them [and] we often end up having to walk onto the road,” she said.

“I have bumped into them a few times and that’s with Lewis. He is about to retire and I am absolutely terrified of using my white cane.”

There has been a rise of tech start-ups offering app-based hire bikes around major cities, enabling customers to book and unlock bikes via an app – which uses GPS to find the nearest one available.

But unlike dock-based models, such as London’s Santander Cycles, they can be then be left anywhere within designated parking areas.

 

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