Bash The Barriers – Beyond The Bicycle
We want to see physical and societal barriers to cycling removed and one of our key areas of concern are the physical barriers installed by local authorities across cycle paths. Disabled cyclists have been using their knowledge of freedom of information and equality legislation to challenge such barriers with some success. A great example of the process, type of questions and local authority reaction can be reviewed here.
Because equality legislation requires complaints to be made by the person with the protected characteristic, we would advise that only disabled people should use this process for challenging local authorities and only if they cannot physically dismount and walk or carry their cycle (such as a handcyclist). We would love to hear from you if this process has worked for you or if we can put in in touch with someone with experience in challenging local authorities. Please drop us a line here.