Barriers and facilitators for blind and visually impaired users of shared space

Brown, K ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3337-4522 and Norgate, SH ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0716-2558 2019, 'Barriers and facilitators for blind and visually impaired users of shared space' , Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer , pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

To what extent do blind or partially sighted pedestrians perceive barriers or facilitators when moving through a shared space (SS)? The aim of this study was to understand in real-time, the perceptions, thoughts and emotions about their interaction with the SS, to enable the facilitators and barriers users encountered to be identified. This paper involves five case studies of blind/visually impaired adult pedestrians, using a verbal protocol analysis (VPA) method to explore their reactions to a SS in Poynton, North West England. The findings show that participants’ independent mobility was compromised. When crossing the SS, participants felt unsafe and experienced barriers finding the edge of the carriageway and while encountering street furniture. The authors conclude with a recommendation about the future use of the VPA method for application across a range of physical layouts and design details, and to more schemes (e.g. cycling) and diverse users.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 0965-0903; eissn 1751-7699 **History: issued 31-07-2019; published_online 31-07-2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civil and Structural Engineering
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer
Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd.
ISSN: 0965-0903
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 10:44
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 10:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52301

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