Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) views on the shared space initiative and recommendations to DfT.

12 July 2018
Source: Department for Transport: Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

Document contains:
the background to the ‘shared space’ scheme
DPTAC’s views on the various documents available
recommendations to DfT for future practice

Background

1) As we will all be acutely aware, Shared Space is a subject that evokes strong opinions and emotions in the wider disabled community, as evidenced by the number and content of responses to the recent AAP consultation.

2) There are probably 5 key documents in this field, which warrant some observation:
LTN 1/11 – this local transport note on ‘shared space’ provides the current guidance. It is widely argued to be inadequate and in need of fundamental revision
Accidents by design – a report by Lord Holmes of Richmond (2015) – this influential report is critical of Shared Space schemes, calling for impact assessments and accessibility audits, together with a review of LTN 1/11
The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) report – building for equality: disability and the built environment (2017) – this is arguably the most thorough and cogently argued contribution on the subject, resulting from detailed evidence gathering and making a number of well-thought recommendations, including a call for a moratorium on new shared space schemes
CIHT report Creating Better Streets (2017) – some had expected this report to recommend new guidance, potentially to replace LTN 1/11. However, the report recognises the lack of evidence on, and evaluation of, existing shared space schemes. The report therefore – sensibly – recommends further evidence-gathering, but falls short of the impressive set of recommendations set out in the WEC report.
the government response to the WEC report (2018) – while stated to be a response to the WEC report, it does not cover the majority of recommendations relating to shared space made in the WEC report

3) Shared space features prominently in the recent DFT Accessibility Action Plan (AAP) consultation.
The DPTAC response argues that LTN 1/11 is ‘not fit for purpose’ and refers positively to the recommendations set out in the WEC report, emphasising the urgent need for revised guidance.

Full report is here

 

 

 

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