Transport for All researching innovation in street design
Ove Arup Foundation will be supporting a programme by Transport for All (TfA) to promote equal access to public transport and streets.
Initially the Foundation’s funding will support a research project on the use of artwork in public spaces – including footway designs, street furniture and Colourful Crossings (the installation of colourful patterns on road crossings), investigating their prevalence across the UK, their impact on disabled people across the impairment groups, and potential future ways of including colour and design on streetspace.
In September 2021 TfA led activity with a group of national organisations to raise awareness of the impacts of Colourful Crossings on disabled people. More can be read about this here: https://www.transportforall.org.uk/campaign/colourful-crossings/
Transport for All is the only disabled-led group striving to increase access to transport and streetspace across the UK. TfA is a pan-impairment organisation, made up of leading disability experts in the transport, built environment and Active Travel fields, and advocates for every disabled person to meaningfully change how streets are designed for disabled people.
The project will be led by disabled people, and all disabled participants will be provided with expenses in return for sharing their time and expertise. TfA will also provide full accessibility support throughout the research and communication stages of the project.