Region: London

Event: Shared Space - a step too far?

CIHT are carrying out a review of shared space and a member of the review team will outline some emerging themes from the review. In August, Transport for All, the National Federation of the Blind, the Royal National Institute Of Blind People called on the Government to halt the introduction of shared spaces schemes. Guide Dogs have also been working to ensure shared space schemes are safe for all. They will be presenting their opinions at this event. 

Speakers: Glenn Higgs - CIHT Review contributor (WSP), Alan Benson – Transport for all, Patrick Roberts – Transport for all, Helen Honstvet - Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Alan is a disability campaigner and activist with a particular interest in transport. As well as being a trustee of RUILS, he is also Chair of Transport for All and sits on the Board of London TravelWatch. Before turning to campaigning Alan was an I.T. Manager at various colleges and universities across the country for over twenty years leading teams of up to 20 people on projects of up to £0.6m. Before this he ran his own I.T. support company for 5 years. He holds a postgraduate degree in Organisational Change and is a qualified citizen advocate. Alan has been a wheelchair user for over 20 years and, having lived all over the country, has a good deal of experience in how support varies between authorities.

Patrick is a professional building services design consulting engineer with 35 years’ experience; working with acclaimed architects such as Lord Foster and has successfully completed award winning projects; and led high profile projects nationally and internationally. As well as being a Trustee for Transport for All, he is also a Trustee for Extant, Britain’s leading professional performing arts company of Blind and Partially-Sighted performers; bringing a unique cultural perspective of visual impairment for performers and audience. Community involvement has included; reviewing Transport for London road and transport redevelopment strategic plans; 2014 Stockwell Cross, 2016 Vauxhall Cross, 2017 Vauxhall Park; identifying the challenges for disabled pedestrians based on their proposals and providing effective solutions. Working collaboratively with his borough’s libraries to provide assistive digital technology facilities, equipment, training and support for blind and partially-sighted people; which has seen in 2016 St Thomas and Guy’s Hospital trial the operation of a Low-Vision Clinic hub within his local Library. In 2017 Patrick was awarded The Lammy Award for ‘Innovation in Lambeth’ for his unique training provision for disabled working age adults in the borough.

Helen is the Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs. She has spent her career working to improve rights and resources for disabled children, adults and their families both in the UK and in New Zealand. Successes have included contributing towards changing the law on bus accessibility, improving the legal right to breaks from caring for families with disabled children and supporting thousands of disabled people to contribute to the political process. Helen will be discussing the latest research that Guide Dogs has conducted into shared spaces which included people with sight loss, other pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. She will also be sharing Guide Dogs top tips to designing inclusive streets. 

Venue: Palestra House, 197 Blackfriars Road, London SE1

Date and Time: 30th November 2017 18:00 for a 18:30 start

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