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Ford-owned Spin is working with sight loss charity London Vision to incorporate a framework of training material into a disability awareness safety module.
Ford-owned e-scooter company Spin is partnering with London Vision, a non-profit supporting visually impaired and blind people in the UK capital, to educate e-scooter riders on safe riding and etiquette to help protect vulnerable pedestrian groups in the areas in which it operates.
London Vision will provide Spin with a framework of training materials that it will incorporate into a disability awareness safety module that can be accessed online, in-app and via in-person training events when lockdown restrictions ease.
It is hoped that after completing the disability awareness safety module, Spin riders will be able to appreciate the implications of riding a scooter in the vicinity of a guide dog, understand what the different lengths and styles of cane represent, and know how to interact with blind and partially sighted people to support and respect their independence in the urban environment.
“At Spin, safety is our number one priority,” said Steve Pyer, UK country manager, Spin. “We are always looking for new ways to educate our riders on e-scooter safety and rider etiquette. Partnering with experts like London Vision is a significant step in creating a better, safer, and less fearful relationship between e-scooter riders and blind and partially sighted pedestrians.”
“Partnering with experts like London Vision is a significant step in creating a better, safer, and less fearful relationship between e-scooter riders and blind and partially sighted pedestrians”
To ensure that those who are blind or visually impaired can identify the e-scooter, all of Spin’s e-scooters are equipped with labels in braille, which also include contact information for Spin’s customer support team. Riders can also use the bell on the e-scooter to alert pedestrians that an e-scooter is approaching.
“We are pleased to be working with Spin to advise on training modules that will help to keep blind and partially sighted pedestrians safer,” said Bhavini Makwana, London Vision’s engagement manager. “Our partnership with Spin demonstrates Spin’s awareness of the legitimate fears of blind and partially sighted pedestrians and a willingness to ensure that its riders are well trained and as safe as possible.”
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