Living Streets is researching issues of inclusion around 'continuous footways' and 'bus stop bypasses'.
The designs being used for both continuous footways and bus stop bypasses vary greatly across the UK. Design guidance also varies, and is sometimes contradictory.
This two-year research project is being funded by Transport Scotland and the Department for Transport, and will take place from May 2021 to April 2023.
As part of the project we will be working with highway authorities, pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, disabled people and the organisations that represent them, and we will ourselves inspect and observe many sites across the country.
We have created this web page to provide a public face for the project as it progresses. Scroll down for the latest news and for opportunities to get involved (as these arise).
Continuous footways across side road junctions are intended to provide enhanced priority and safety for people walking, wheeling and cycling. These continue the pavement ('footway') of a bigger road over the end of a smaller side road. There's sometimes an adjacent cycle track too.
Anecdotal evidence and reports from groups representing some disabled people indicate that they have real concerns about safety and accessibility. There have also been suggestions that some designs make conditions more challenging for older people or for children.
Bus stop bypasses (or ‘floating bus stops’) maintain the protection of a cycle track, for people cycling, at bus stops. These place the bus stop on an island between the road and footway, routing the cycle track between the footway and the island.
Concerns have been raised by some disabled people, and groups representing them, that these designs can be problematic. There are fears about whether the layouts allow people to safely cross the cycle traffic to move to and from the bus stop.
We have already:
We are currently working on the following:
(Updated 16 February 2022)