Everyone should be able to use the walking environment, whether for journeys in their own right or to access other forms of travel. Without access to the walking environment all other parts of a journey become inaccessible. For many people this is not currently possible due to barriers created by the design, management and operation of the walking environment.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to prevent the discrimination of disabled people. This should include the need to make sure disabled people can use the walking environment, whether on foot or using a mobility aid. It also means considering the impact on the walking environment from other road users, particularly parked cars and cyclists.
The Department for Transport have published guidelines on Inclusive Mobility highlighting good practice in walking environments. Other guidance is available already, for example on the use of tactile paving and disabled parking.
For further information about the walking environment for disabled people, the needs of disabled motorists and more visit the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee's website.
The Motability Scheme was established to provide disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable cars. The scheme works with central and local government, privately owned companies, car dealers and specialist vehicle adaptation companies to ensure the best possible service. Check out the Motability website for more information.
The The Regional Driving Assessment Centre aims to help people who are, or would like to be, drivers or travel as passengers in their own vehicle to help maintain an independent lifestyle. Visit their website to find out more.
You may also find our article on Aids and Equipment useful.