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Graeme Evans on pedestrian mobility for the Institute of Civil Engineers journal
Municipal Engineer Journal, January 2015

Graeme Evans on pedestrian mobility for the Institute of Civil Engineers journal

Professor Graeme Evans new article entitled ‘Accessibility and User Needs: Pedestrian Mobility and Urban Design in the UK’ has been published in the Municipal Engineer journal of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). The article arises from a 5 year research project AUNT-SUE funded under the EPSRC’s Sustainable Urban Environment programme, with a focus on social inclusion and urban design, for which he was the Principal Investigator with Co-Investigators at UCL and Loughborough universities and partners Transport for London, LBs. Camden, Islington and Greenwich, and Herts County Council.

It is nearly 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act legislated for access in the built environment and in transport services. A decade on, the Manual for Streets signalled a rebalancing of the hierarchy of movement towards the pedestrian, redressing the dominance of the car and transport engineer in ensuring effective flow of traffic. The notion of social inclusion in transport also brought into play wider consideration of how the built environment, fear of crime and other barriers conspire to restrict mobility and access to public transport. This article critiques access in urban environment and transport, including an assessment of design and planning guidance in the form of toolkits and models which have been developed in this period to assist transport and urban planners and designers in street and transport provision. A street design model is developed in detail, using GIS-based visualisation and consultation techniques, which responds to these access imperatives, seeking to join up the whole journey environment. The project findings have been used to inform accessibility planning and design guidance in the UK, Canada and Australia.