The afternoon will be given over to discussing blister tactile paving, from tails to using red, grey or buff colours. We hope to have a fruitful debate looking at what works, what doesn’t, and how best to take forward support for those with site impairments whist respecting London’s public environment.
Details below. As always free for UDL members and some free places for community group members and students, ask for details. £175 plus VAT for others. Book by return of email.
Hope to see you on the 7th.
Street Design Meeting and Tricky Issue Debate
7th December 2011: 9.45 – 4.30
Conference Room 1, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8AA
9.45 Scheme costs – options and considerations – David Moores, Project Centre
10.30 Signing the Way – new DfT research and guidance – Graham Hanson, DfT
11.45 Conversational Seating – Rob Edwards, TfL
12.00 The Coulsdon Project, Croydon – how is it working – Chris Whife, Matrix Associates
12.15 Lunch and networking
1.00 Tricky issue debate on blister tactile paving:
- Progress on research into the impact of tactile paving on older pedestrians and people with disabilities – Professor Marcus Ormerod, Director of the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre at the University of Salford.
- Responding to our Debate Questions
- Professor Peter Barker OBE – University of Reading. Formerly Director of Policy & Campaigns at Guide Dogs Association,
Head of Joint Mobility Unit (JUM)
- Sue Sharp – Director of Services & Public Affairs, Royal London Society for Blind People
- Westminster CC – (Name TBC)
- Colin Davies – PRIAN and independent street designer
- Edmund Bird – GLA/English Heritage
Speakers in the afternoon have been asked to debate the following:
- Does blister tactile, as currently installed and maintained, work?
- What evidence is available on the amount and way blister tactile is used by pedestrians?
- How can the use of blister be improved?
- Are the following 5 potential elements of blister configuration equally successful and important?
- Blister pad at dropped kerb to indicate carriageway beyond/crossing possible?
- Blister pad indicating a controlled or non controlled crossing point?
- Alignment of blisters indicating direction of crossing
- Blister tail helping people navigate the pavement and find the crossing
- Those with sight impairments have a primary interest in the use of blister, but how should the views of others, such as those who find it hard to walk or wheel over it and/or those who consider it unsightly be taken into account?
Although we have invited some experts to talk, but would love to hear from any UDL members who would like to stand up and say something at this debate. Please say if you want a slot, or you can just in from the floor on the day.