Petition to Google Maps, Google
Create Wheelchair Friendly Routes on Google Maps
For most, Google Maps is an essential app used for navigation and travel. It’s revolutionised people’s daily lives - that is if you don’t have a disability. If you do it’s a very different story. Despite providing different options for all modes of personal and public transport, there are no alternative routes that support those who are disabled or in need of assistance, the main example of this being a lack of wheelchair friendly options. Over the last year, I attempted to travel around London with people who have a range of disabilities, including my mum, who relies on a wheelchair for some journeys. However, we found that all routes provided by Google Maps demanded stairs, bumpy paths, small hills, foot bridges, crossings without slopes and many times there was no room on the pavement for the chair. Most tube services aren't disabled friendly and ruled out yet another option of easy transport. Even if we did want to rely on other forms of public transport, we found that taxi companies struggled to accommodate the chair and buses were too full. Sometimes we’ve been forced to travel along bikes lanes (highly dangerous) or were just walking in opposite directions until it was safe to continue on normal paths. As an alternative, we sought out other maps like Citymapper but this provided us with no relief either. We're constantly trying to make cities and travel accessible, however this seems to be a highly discriminating factor. It's bad enough that only 70 out of 270 tube stations are step-free but by not providing these alternative routes, we're restricting those not as able. We should be advancing and making sure everyone has equal opportunities to be independent. This would not only benefit those who need extra support but families with pushchairs and those reliant on other forms of help like a walking frame. It should be easy for everyone to get around, no matter who you are! Please sign and support this petition to create wheelchair friendly routes available on Google Maps.
Petition to Rudi Vervoort, Celine Fremault, Pascal Smet
Laat Brussel op adem komen! Faisons respirer Bruxelles! For more ambition on air quality.
FR – L’air que nous respirons à Bruxelles est souvent pollué. Il est tellement pollué que, chaque année, 632 bruxellois en meurent prématurément. Tellement pollué que la Commission européenne a jugé nécessaire d’initier une procédure contre notre pays et que cinq citoyens ont démarré une action au tribunal contre la Région Bruxelloise. Signez la pétition pour demander plus d’ambition, à court terme, sur la qualité de l’air à nos représentants politiques bruxellois. Le Plan Air Climat Energie est un pas modeste dans la bonne direction, qui a été amélioré grâce à la pression des citoyens, mais des mesures plus importantes sont nécessaires pour protéger les citoyens, les enfants et les personnes agées, les touristes et les navetteurs des effet destructifs de la pollution de l’air. NL - Onze Brusselse lucht is vervuild. Zo vervuild dat elk jaar 632 Brusselaars vroegtijdig sterven, zo vervuild dat de Europese Commissie ons land voor de rechter sleept en dat vijf burgers het Brussels Gewest voor het gerecht dagen. Teken de petitie en eis meer ambitie, en snellere actie rond luchtkwaliteit van onze politici. Het nieuwe Lucht Klimaat Energie plan is een eerste stap in de goeie richting, versterkt na druk van burgers, maar meer zal nodig zijn om burgers, kinderen en ouderen, toeristen en pendelaars te beschermen van de destructieve gevolgen van luchtvervuiling. EN - The Brussels’ air is often polluted. So polluted that 632 people die each year prematurely, so polluted that the European Commission is taking Belgium to court. Sign the petition and demand more ambition and quicker action on air quality from our politicians. The new Air Climate Energy Plan is a modest step in the right direction, improved after citizens’ pressure, but more will be needed to protect citizens, children and the elderly, tourists, and commuters from the destructive effects of air pollution SCHONE LUCHT BXL AIR PROPRE est une plate-forme citoyenne ouverte à tous - is een burgerplatform open voor iedereen. Info: https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirBXL/ or website www.schoneluchtbxl.be - www.bxlairpropre.be - www.cleanairbxl.be.
Petition to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling
Car tax should only be spent on improving our transport infrastructure
We want car tax to be ring fenced and actually spent on improving our roads Our roads need fixing, upgrading and making more efficient. Our countryside needs better public transport.Since the Road Fund was abolished in 1937, our car tax goes straight into the coffers of the Treasury and is spent on whatever the Government wants. We want this money ring fenced in a Road Fund and only spent on our transport infrastructure The Government is introducing new car tax on April 1st putting up rates on most new cars. Particularly at a time when car ownership has become more expensive than ever, we don’t think this is fair unless the extra 1.4 billion pounds the Government is raising is put back into our roads. ---Find more about Just Miles at http://www.justmiles.co.uk
Petition to Humza Yousaf, Transport Scotland, Edinburgh Council
Make the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) Fit for the 21st Century
Edinburgh's City Bypass has a problem. Left largely unaltered since its construction in the 1980's, the A720 has failed to adapt to the growing population and as such isn't fit for modern day use. Years of ignorance, dithering and inaction by the trunk route's operator, the Scottish Government, has resulted in a major artery that operates at 140% capacity during morning and rush hour periods. Whilst the Government continues to ponder the solution, for what is the bypass of the country's capital city, the time lost in never ending queues is only stifling our economy. This congestion can't go. I call upon the Scottish Government to give us a City Bypass that will work for the people of Edinburgh and South East Scotland. Transport Scotland's plans to undertake infrastructure works, to allow the hard shoulder to function as a third lane during peak periods, must be realised with a greater sense of urgency. This Active Management System has proved successful on the M42 by Birmingham and would work well too in Edinburgh, increasing peak hour capacity and going some way to reducing congestion. Their additional plans for slip road signals must also be fully studied to understand the impact on the neighbouring junctions and surrounding routes. Where applicable, like on the A702 trunk road, additional lane capacity on approach to the City Bypass should be implemented. This could be achieved through so called "Red Routes" that prohibit parking during peak periods. Finally, within the term of the next parliament, the promised Edinburgh Orbital Bus Route must be fully realised. In 2012, feasibility studies were undertaken to ascertain how the route, running from the Forth Road Bridge to Queen Margaret University via the A720, would function and indeed how much it would cost. However plans were shelved due to lack of funding. This intervention will allow commuters to travel by public transport rather than car, and will not only decrease journey times through less congestion but also decrease harmful emissions. For years, the Scottish Government has neglected the trunk road network around Edinburgh and south towards Penicuik. It is time for change. For a road network suitable for this century and centuries to come. This capital city can no longer sit in a never-ending queue. Sign this petition today and you are calling on Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government to: Continue infrastructure works to run a hard shoulder along the length of the A720, and implement an Active Traffic Management system to allow it to be used as a third lane during peak periods or as necessary. Priority should be given Straiton to Lothianburn, where carriage widening will be required (no hard shoulder exists today). Lothianburn to the Water of Leith Bridge at Baberton will require only minor works as a wide hard shoulder already exists and should be the first stretch to open using Smart Motorway standards - A720(M). The ultimate aim should be to upgrade the entire trunk route to be the M720. Undertake transport assessments into the bypass' junctions and surrounding link roads to understand their current capacity and suggest interventions to remedy problems - namely the trunk routes such like the A702 and A68 but the Government should work with local councils to investigate other roads too Accelerate plans to upgrade Sheriffhall Roundabout into a flyover or underpass Complete feasibility studies into the Edinburgh Orbital Bus Route to establish a detailed design. Funding should be sought as part of the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Deal Investigate other multi-modal opportunities e.g the reopening of the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway and the Penicuik to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Further Reading: Transport Scotland's "Strategic Transport Review" (2008) (Read Here)- Identifies 29 projects for investment. Project 9 identifies the A720 for a three phase project: Phase 1 would bring in variable speed limits, delay information displays, ramp metering at key junctions and average speed enforcement. Phase 2 would see the use of the existing hard shoulder as an additional lane and more extensive ramp metering. Phase 3 would entail the use of the hard shoulder or introduction of road widening to create a lane for priority vehicles. SESTran's EOBR Capacity Study (July 2010) identifies that the City Bypass is over capacity for the majority of the day. States that "would worsen in future years beyond 2013." (Read Here) [Image © Highways England showing the M42 Active Traffic Management System]
Petition to Alex Ganotis, Kate Butler, Iain Roberts, Mags Kirkham, Lisa Smart, Christine Corris, Stuart Corris, Laura Booth, Wendy Meikle, Oliver Johnstone, Julian Lewis-Booth, Syd Lloyd, Jon Twigge
Stop the A6-M60 Bypass: save Stockport’s beautiful Goyt Valley and green spaces
Stockport Council will soon take a fateful decision on whether to endorse a Business Case for the four-and-a-half mile, £600 million A6 to M60 Bypass. The dual-carriageway will devastate one of Stockport’s treasures, the Lower Goyt Valley, as well as the beautiful Poise Brook Valley and green spaces in Offerton, Hazel Grove and Lower Bredbury. Along the route, residents’ quality of life will suffer from noise, disturbance, visual intrusion and increased pollution. The Bypass itself is likely to be plagued by congestion. Roads leading to it will be jammed at peak hours. Yet many councillors including those from areas along the route intend to support the Bypass. We have very little time left to stop them voting to commit a terrible act of vandalism. Please sign this petition and ask your friends to add their support. (Note: SIGNING IS FREE and the petition will only show your name.)
Petition to Andrew Haines
Give Passengers More Legroom On Flights!
Whenever you are on a flight, it is very cramped and the only way to resolve this is by paying £25-£75 per person per way to get some extra legroom. The Civil Aviation Authority needs to enforce a law for airlines in The United Kingdom to remove a few rows and extend the amount of legroom per seat. This needs to be enforced on mainly short-haul routes which can last up to 5.5 hours long! Many passengers have sore ankles and legs after a flight and nothing can be done. The Civil Aviation Authority who make the laws for airliners can enforce them to remove a few rows giving you more space and less to worry about. It needs to accommodate for passengers up to 7foot on all short haul flights. Please sign and support this petition! This is vitally important. Even look at the following reviews on seats! : Thomas Cook Seat Review: Mike Hanse - "Just flown back from Lanzarote today. Flight attendants were very good but the seating is just the worst I have ever encountered. I am not exactly tall at 6ft but I have never suffered a 3 hour plus flight in such an uncomfortable position. The seats are wafer thin and I spent the whole flight with my knees against the seat in front. When the passenger reclined that seat the pain became even worse" Thomson Seat Review: Max Welsh - "I flew on Thomson Airways Boeing 757-200 in January 2017 from Lanzarote to Glasgow. The seats were so close together and barely any legroom. It was not only the legroom that was terrible, the comfort of the seats was absolutely horrendous.British Airways Seat Review: Ian Graham - "Sat in Row 27B and the seats have no recline due to toilets behind. Seat pitch poor felt very cramped especially when a person in front reclined seat. Seats not very wide either. Coming back on an A320 again sat in an emergency exit (overwing seat) and even though they were supposed to have a bit more legroom still felt cramped. Glad it was only a 2 hr flight." EasyJet Seat Review: E McLean -"Cramped and uncomfortable. My partner is 6'7" and was unable to move during the flight. He could not lean forward, nor could he rest his head on anything. I am not quite as tall but still left the flight with aching legs and had to walk around for some time to get the circulation back. Appalling conditions" That's been a mix of airlines and it's clear to see that something needs to be done! Action needs to be done and the CAA must enforce this law for airlines in the UK to remove a few rows of seats and make legroom bigger on every seat! How it will be delivered I will email Signatures directly to Andrew Haines, CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority by me personally.
Petition to David Statham, SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY, Department for transport
More Victoria Trains for Crofton Park & the Catford Loop
A little while ago now, the Cinderella Line campaign and the local community successfully pushed for services into Victoria during morning peak times on a weekday. That's helped curtail a lot of commutes but all work and no play isn't fun. As much as we love where we live, sometimes the bright lights of the West End beckon so imagine if Southeastern put on a star turn and trains from the Cinderella Line went to Victoria on a weekend too? We want to: Protect all of the existing services to London Victoria that serve, Nunhead, Crofton Park and Bellingham See return services introduced from May 2018 in the evenings to serve Crofton Park and Bellingham See services expanded to serve these stations at weekends to London Victoria to give us a vital connection to central and west London. Investigate the possibility of running services to and from Victoria to other stations on the Cinderella Line, including Catford, Beckenham Hill and Ravensbourne in line with local station demands
Petition to Chris Grayling, Humza Yousaf
Simplify the National Speed Limits!
Speed limits aren't as straightforward as you might think! A scary number of motorists are being caught out with speeding convictions because they're completely oblivious or bamboozled by the fact that speed limits on roads can vary depending on what classification your vehicle falls under. If you drive a Van or LGV/HGV you should be aware that the national speed limit is 10 miles an hour less than other vehicles on single and dual carriageways. However, if you drive a pick up truck or a car derived van, it can become a very grey area. Even the police sometimes struggle to define which speed limit is applicable to these vehicles, and the advice provided by the department for transport has been singularly unhelpful. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles Instead of trying to establish whether or not a complex series of rules and exemptions apply, what we'd like is the law to be updated for so called "dual purpose vehicles" and other commercial vehicles including vans and car derived vans, as the current legislation is outdated and not fit for purpose. Our suggested change would be for the national speed limit to be standardised to 60mph on single carriageways and 70mph on dual carriageways for all vehicles that weigh less than 3.5t (driveable on a standard 'B' licence), and the lower speed limits to only apply to vehicles over 3.5t (requiring a 'C1' or 'C' licence & above to drive) or vehicles towing a trailer (requiring a 'B+E' licence). This change would: - simplify the current legislation - modernise a law written 30 years ago for old vehicles using drum brakes, and taking into account advances in safety technology like disc brakes, improved stopping distances and ABS on modern vehicles - increase safety on roads by allowing the traffic to flow better - reduce driver frustration and the number of vehicles dangerously overtaking on bad roads (especially on roads like the A9). - allow businesses to move more efficiently across the country, reducing carbon emissions and delays - Reduce driver fatigue by reducing the number of hours spent behind the wheel each week, hopefully in turn reducing the number of accidents each year involving tired commercial drivers