Cycling infrastructure design standards often fail to meet the needs of those using adapted cycles including tricycles, tandems and cargo bikes, according to a new report by Sustrans and consultant Arup.
“Adapted cycles are typically wider (up to 1.2 metres), longer (up to 2.8 metres) and heavier than standard bicycles and turning circles can be reduced.
“Design standards should include minimum cycle track widths that are fit for all types of adapted cycles,” said Tim Burns, Sustrans’ senior policy and partnerships advisor.
“Barriers along routes should be removed or widened to fit adapted cycles. Access should always be step-free and inclines minimised as adapted cycles can often be heavier than standard bicycles. Cycle parking also needs improvements to fit non-standard cycles including home, destinations and integration with public transport.”
The recommendations feature in the report, Inclusive cycling in towns and cities.
Sustrans wants the Government to extend the Blue Badge and Motability schemes for people with disabilities to cover cycling.
Burns said a growing number of town and city centres were pedestrianised and some buildings can only be reached via a pedestrian-only space. “Anyone with a Blue Badge would be able to cycle with care across these spaces to ensure equal access to everyday destinations for people who use a cycle as a mobility aid.
“It could also allow safer parking – for example, a Blue Badge could allow access to cycle into office buildings to safely lock up an adapted cycle as they are typically more expensive and may not fit with a typical Sheffield stand.”
The Motability scheme enables disabled people to exchange their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
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