Londoner creates 'priority seat' tube badge for disabled people
28 April 2016
Similar to the successful 'baby on board' badges for pregnant women, the priority seat badge would signal to other passengers a person's need to be offered a seat.
Alice Ravenscroft came up with the idea. Following a serious injury a few years ago, she can’t walk or stand for longer than 20 minutes, and has to ask fellow commuters for a seat during her journeys to and from work.
She is now is working with Transport for London to roll out the 'Less Able to Stand' initiative.
'My aim is not only to make my own day-to-day life easier but also to make London a more inclusive city.
'The fear of not being able to get a seat has been a barrier to my independence and employment opportunities.
'Although most people will give up their seat when I ask and explain about my disability, I have found it stressful to have to ask people on a daily basis, as people will occasionally react negatively.
'In my experience, people much prefer to give up their seat voluntarily than to be asked.'
Transport for London contacted Alice after she wrote about the idea in a blog post. TfL has told Alice they're moving the idea forwards and the next step would most likely be a trial of the badge.
'I also want to raise awareness about hidden disabilities, to create a more caring and considerate society.
'I think this could be a helpful side-effect of the badge: reminding Londoners that there is more to people than what meets the eye, and that the people you pass on the street all face their own struggles and deserve compassion.'