#Cycleyes Campaigns

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We're calling on everyone to use their eyes, especially for those who can't. Use your #cycleyes!


Guide Dogs is asking cyclists to bear in mind the following five points:

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  1. Pay attention – look to see if the guide dog and owner, or person with a cane are waiting to cross. Remember that they can’t always see or hear you.
  2. If you see the guide dog and owner or person with a cane waiting to cross, use your bell and call out to let them know you’re there.
  3. If the guide dog and owner or cane user are already crossing the road, please stop and wait until they've reached the other side.
  4. Do not cycle up behind or around the guide dog and owner, no matter how much space you think you’ve given them. The dog may be startled and get confused.
  5. If you need to use the pavement for any reason, please dismount. Bumping off the kerb onto the road can scare and confuse the guide dog.



The Cycleyes Campaign

Our guide dog owners continue to raise concerns about numbers of cyclists using pavements and experiencing near misses. Our Cycleyes campaign aims to remind cyclists to take care around all vulnerable pedestrians and use their eyes for those who can't.

This year we're working alongside the Met Police and their Cycle Task Force Road Safety Team to raise awareness of blind and partially sighted pedestrians at some of their Exchanging Places events across London.

We understand the vast majority of cyclists are responsible, and we want to work with them and any cycling club/organisation to make our pathways and roadways safe for everyone.

Should you like to work with us or speak further with us to help in our mission to give blind and partially sighted people the same amount of freedom to move around this city as everyone else, then you can contact us at cycleyes@guidedogs.org.uk.

You can learn more about the Met Police's Exchanging Places event here http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Exchanging-Places-Events/1400007586440/1400007586440