Guide to inclusive cycling

Background
As part of our 10th birthday celebrations, Wheels for Wellbeing launched its Guide to Inclusive Cycling on 7 November 2017. It is, to our knowledge, the first comprehensive guide on inclusive cycling anywhere in the world

Why the Guide?
Our Guide is the product of years of campaigning to make cycling more inclusive. Its roots can be traced back to a talk we did at a London Cycling Campaign seminar in 2014, where some of its key principles were first developed, and more recently with the launch of our Beyond the Bicycle manifesto in 2016. We have become increasingly aware of the fact that, for too long, disabled people have been mostly absent from the cycling debate. With the publication of our Guide, however, we hope to raise the visibility of disabled cyclists and put in place the building blocks for a more inclusive cycling culture.

Our Guide to Inclusive Cycling can be downloaded here.

What is it?
Our Guide doesn’t claim to be the answer to everything about inclusive cycling. Indeed, there are undoubtedly aspects that we will have missed or that deserve further attention and research. It is not a technical set of guidelines, either. Rather, it is an accessible (yet thorough) guide to the basic principles of inclusive cycling.

It is split into three sections – cycling infrastructure, cycling facilities and recognition – exploring the practical ways in which cycling can be made more inclusive in each regard.

Who is it for?
The simple answer is everyone. Our primary audience is local authorities, who will likely have the most to gain from this resource and who will, we hope, adopt the principles and recommendations that we have set out. But it is our ambition that many others, including transport bodies, civil engineers, academics, cycling organisations, disability charities and campaign groups will find it useful too. We also hope it will be helpful to disabled cyclists themselves, for whom this resource provides not only a tool for tackling the barriers to everyday inclusive cycling, but also a sense of pride and affirmation as members of a hitherto unrecognised community of cyclists.

What next?
We hope that local authorities and others will gradually adopt the principles outlined in our Guide and will start to apply them in practice. For this reason we have attempted to make it as practically useful as possible, by providing policy recommendations, design solutions and technical guidance wherever possible.

However, there will no doubt be elements that have passed us by or that will come to light in due course.

Therefore, it is our intention for this to be a ‘live’ online working document that can be regularly updated. We want the Guide to absorb new ideas, respond to latest research and to continue to evolve. That is why we would like anyone with a suggestion, contribution or an idea about how we can make it better to send us an email.

At Wheels for Wellbeing, our goal is to achieve cycling equality so that disabled people can cycle whenever and wherever they want. The UK has an opportunity to be the most inclusive cycling country in the world, but that must begin with a basic understanding of the needs and rights of disabled cyclists. This Guide is just the start.

“It’s a great piece of work. I’ve already used it to influence the design and location of cycle parking in a new development.”

“I’m beginning to think Wheels for Wellbeing are probably the most important lobbying group driving the need for inclusive cycle infrastructure in the UK.”

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