I am disabled with very limited mobility and a chronic pain condition which makes commuting incredibly difficult at the best of times. I have my 'please give me a seat' badge and card which I wear whenever I travel, but it is not enough.No, it never is, is it?
I still find myself having to plead with people for a priority seat (or any seat) on tubes and buses. Part of the problem is people do not look up at the stops. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes because they are engrossed in their phone or paper.So what, people should obsessively scan the carriage, never relaxing? You don't expect much, do you?
This petition is to ask TFL and the Minister for Transport to launch a new campaign. A 'Look Up' campaign.Great. Another new campaign.
TFL have pre-recorded announcements on every bus and tube in the city with upcoming stop information, with mind the gap announcements. I would like TFL to consider introducing an announcement at every stop with the message 'look up, does someone need your seat?'Which will be 'tuned out' just the same as those other messages.
Having to ask someone to vacate a priority seat is incredibly hard. Not just because of the embarrassment or fear or rejection but because you cannot be sure if the person sitting in it is able to stand or not.Just like everyone else, then!
We need 'Look Up' to become as common place and as instinctive as 'Mind the Gap'.And as soon as it does, and everyone treats it just like those announcements, you'll be back demanding more action. Won't you?