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Being disabled in Britain

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal Published: 2017 Ranked: useful In the EHRC’s words: “Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and

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Posted in Disability, Service Provision

Transport and disabled people

Access to transport for disabled people House of Commons Transport Committee 2013-14 Publication date: September 2013 Ranking: useful This Parliamentary report reviews the government’s progress on meeting its own action plan targets and those set out in law to meet

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Posted in Disability, Service Provision, Uncategorized

Public transportation is a “women’s issue.”

Laura Bliss, The Atlantic; CityLab Mass transit mobilises women. Why don’t women mobilise for transit? Publication date: January 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “Like the economy, climate change, immigration, and health care, public transportation is a women’s issue.” the author

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Posted in Gender, Highways, Rail, Urban Design

Autism and public transport

Ambitious about Autism Using public transport Ranking: useful Publication date: June 2015 Public transport for someone with autism can pose particular challenges that complicate the journey if a dedicated taxi isn’t available or you don’t have access to car. This

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Urban streets

National  Association of  City Transportation Officials (NACTO) The Urban Street Design Guide Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This US guide sets out key principles and practices used by engineers, planners, and designers working across America. Described as “a blueprint for designing

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

How to design a city for women

Clare Foran, CityLab from The Atlantic media group. How to design a city for women Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful The article focuses on a transportation study in Vienna which highlighted the gender differences in the way different modes transportation

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Posted in Consultation, Gender, Urban Design

When cars are good!

Written by Nigel Appleton, Contact Consulting, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old age Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This briefing reviews the literature around the significance of car ownership

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Posted in Highways, Planning

Bus passenger information technology

RTIG Inform Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful Meeting the needs of disabled travellers: A guide to good practice for bus passenger technology providers RTIG Library Reference: RTIGPR003-D002-1.8 First developed in 2007, these Guidelines address the provision of information and other related services in local authorities

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Posted in Accessible Information

Shared space: is it evidence based?

University of the West of England (UWE): Simon Moody and Steve Melia Shared space – research, policy and problems Publication date: 2012 Ranking: essential The authors’ introduction states: “Shared space is an approach to street design which minimises demarcations between vehicles

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Posted in Disability, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

Accessible railway stations

A joint code of practice (CoP) by Dept. for Transport and Transport Scotland. Design standards for accessible railway stations. Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential The document sets out the standards required for all infrastructure works at stations to ensure a

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Rail

Access for Blind People in Towns SS1401

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK Publication Date: 2014 Ranking: useful   This document sets out the general abilities and limitations of blind people and of trained guide dogs, in order to provide assistance to planners and designers

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Local Transport Note 1/11

Department for Transport Publication date: 2011 Ranking: essential This Local Transport Note (LTN) focuses on shared space in high street environments but many of its principles will apply in other settings. It places particular emphasis on stakeholder engagement and inclusive

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Highways, Urban Design

Traffic Advisory Leaflet 01/13: Reducing sign clutter

Department for Transport Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Over-provision of signs can have a detrimental impact on the environment and can dilute more important messages if they result in information overload for drivers. Importantly, they can be a significant access

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Posted in Highways, Planning, Signage

Accessible Train Station

Department of Transport Publication date: November 2011 Ranking: useful  This document outlines the code of practice for Accessible Train Stations specifically designed for disabled people. Covers all  issues from platform design and access onto trains to information, kiosks,  ramps, doors and car parking.

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Rail