Upcoming seminars

We have an exciting programme of evening seminars usually held in Central London (most near Baker Street). The next is:

Wednesday 6th May: Joint event on Inclusive Design for Cycling, with the CIHT Greater London branch. This seminar is now full but we have moved to a waiting list and expect more places to become available - click here to be added.

Presenters: Dr. Rachel Aldred (University of Westminster), Isabelle Clement (Wheels for Wellbeing), Phil Jones (Phil Jones Associates)

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.

Presenters (each will speak for 10-15 minutes, with plenty of time for debate and discussion from the floor)

Dr. Rachel Aldred is a Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, and her specialist area of research is cycling. She will speak first, briefly describing the state of play in academic research relating to inclusive cycling, and outlining what she sees as the key policy and practice areas where progress needs to be made.

Isabelle Clement is an urban handcyclist and Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, a charity which fights for cycling equality for disabled people. She will speak second, focusing on current cycling environments and infrastructure and how traditional approaches to design have often excluded disabled cyclists.

Phil Jones is a Chartered Engineer and Principal of a consultancy, Phil Jones Associates, which combines transport planning, design and research activities. He will speak third, on how design standards need to change – and are starting to change – in order to plan for a wider range of users.