Inclusive Cycling Design with CIHT Greater London branch
Wednesday 6th May 2015 - 6.30-8.30pm
Presenters: Dr. Rachel Aldred (University of Westminster), Isabelle Clement (Wheels for Wellbeing), Phil Jones (Phil Jones Associates). Chair: Philip Loy (on behalf of CIHT)
Slides now available from this event which brought together around 50 people from advocacy, policy, and practice. A write-up by The Ranty Highwayman is here.
'It is now well accepted (although with a long way to go in practice) that specific needs of disabled people should be catered for in public transport provision, for example through on-bus announcements and step-free train access. Similarly, street design guides now make reference to providing for disabled people as pedestrians, including users of mobility aids. This is in line with the Equality Act 2010, which requires bodies with public functions to show ‘due regard’ to the need to advance equality of opportunity between different groups. However, when it comes to cycling very little work has been done in this area. Design guides normally depict and define the cyclist as riding a standard two-wheeled bicycle, while more broadly it is often assumed that disabled people are incapable of cycling. This is not true: disabled people can and do ride, although they face both general and specific barriers to cycling. We believe that it is time to examine – and implement – what needs to be done to enable disabled people to cycle. Focusing specifically on infrastructure design issues, this session will start a conversation with engineers, planners and designers about what inclusive cycling design will (and will not) look like.'
Inclusive Cycling Policy
The first Inclusive Cycling Policy seminar was held on 12th February 2014, with around 30 people attending. It was presented by the Inclusive Cycling Forum for London, with speakers including Isabelle Clement (Wheels for Wellbeing) and a lively discussion. Here you can listen to the audio from the talks (Isabelle, Ann Warren, Brenda Puech and Kevin Hickman), view slides, and download a draft document produced by the Inclusive Cycling Forum.
Towards an Inclusive Cycling Policy: draft document