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The design of streets with older people in mind – Pedestrian crossings

The Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO) a multi-disciplinary consortium based in the UK recently published (June 2013) a very interesting Design Guide entitled ‘Pedestrian Crossings DSOPM004’.

The Guide is based on evidence from the Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors research project and is based on the views of over 1,600 pedestrians, street audits and key sources of existing UK guidance.

The guide includes advice on providing accessible crossing amenities that send out a consistent message to all users and flags the importance of raising awareness among pedestrians as to how crossings work and why.

The guide includes a number of recommendations including:

For further information, a comprehensive list of all of the recommendations and to obtain a copy of the guidelines please click on this link.