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There has been a traditional focus on designing for different types of cyclist in the UK which has often let to a ”dual network” solution to providing infrastructure with the ”fit and the brave” being placed on the carriageway to mix with motor traffic and everyone else often being left to share paths with people on foot. This simply doesn’t work for everyone and with the use of barriers, tight geometry and poor detailing we will exclude different people from being able to participate in using their cycles for transport.
This talk will provide an introduction to the subject of inclusive cycling design, including commentary on the Equality Act, implications for designers, the social model of disability and it also provides examples of different types of cycle and how they are used.
All transport planners interested in finding out more about inclusive cycling
Mark Philpotts - Sweco UK Ltd, Technical Manager Walking and Cycling
With nearly 25 years in the industry working for a variety of organisations, Mark has had the opportunity to view the industry from different standpoints and this has enhanced his ability to formulate practical solutions. Mark’s local authority work has seen him lead on a diverse portfolio of local highway improvement schemes including walking, cycling, bus stop accessibility, casualty-reduction, highway structures maintenance and traffic management. He also has substantial experience in highway development management from the pre-application to implementation stage, including S38 and S278 highways agreements.
Mark’s key area of professional interest is how we can design streets to enable people to walk and cycle, with a strong emphasis on inclusivity, accessibility and sustainable safety principles. He also owns a Christiania cargo-tricycle which has taught him a great deal about inclusive cycling design which he combines with his engineering experience as a member of the Beyond the Bicycle Coalition, a group representing users of non-standard cycles used by disabled people, families and for cycle logistics. Mark is the principal author of CIHT’s “Designing for Walking” and a contributor to “Planning for Walking.”