Do inclusive transport strategies really consider the needs of all?

Describing children as ‘vulnerable road users’ shifts the focus to the potential victim – we need to recognise that vulnerability is largely created by the physical environment, attitudes and laws, writes Lucy Marstrand-Taussig.

The public sector equality duty created by the Equality Act 2010 places legal duties on local authorities to provide equal access to services and opportunities to all those with protected characteristics. However, the term ‘inclusive design’ tends to conjure up an image of someone who is disabled rather than someone with other protected characteristics: a pregnant woman, an older person, a child.

Watch this session on inclusive design with Lucy Marstrand of Metis and Adrian Lord of PJA. Catch up on other Cycle Active City 2021 sessions here

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