What is the project about?
Streetscapes are the pavements, walkways and roads we use every day. It gives people the freedom to move and access the world. But street furniture, like outdoor dining, bins, bus stops, benches all add obstacles and challenges for disabled people.
Plus, with new green transport on the horizon, more furniture will be added to our streetscape, with e-scooters, vehicle charging cables and charging posts. We need to act now, so that we ensure the streetscape remains accessible and inclusive.
What it seeks to do?
This pioneering ncat project will be the first to understand the issues of today and the future. Crucially, we will engage with disabled people to design truly accessible and inclusive streetscapes for our towns and cities.
Through this work, ncat will ensure the green transport revolution does not come at the cost of accessibility.
How it seeks to do it?
The project will put disabled people at the centre of the research through an online questionnaire, interviews and an innovate design workshop. Throughout, disabled participants in the research will share their lived experiences with researchers, designers, and policy makers to design real solutions for the streetscape issues both today and the future.