Hackney’s Transport Strategy outlines a number of transport accessibility issues for those with disabilities that have also been identified by a number of key stakeholders, such as Age UK, Disability BackUp in Hackney, Living Streets,1 residents and councillors. These include: 2

  • a lack of adequate crossing times at key junctions
  • impediments to movement caused by footway parking
  • advertising boards and other street clutter
  • site-specific problems, including a lack of public seating and other amenities.

Poorly designed public realm and accessibility issues could mean that people with disabilities use transport less and become socially isolated, with increased risk of a range of inactivity-related health issues (as described in Health and wellbeing impacts).

Although there are no local data on transport use for people with disabilities, a health and wellbeing survey of Hackney residents in 2015 found generally low levels of physical activity among people with a disability. One quarter of physically disabled residents said that they do no activity at all, compared with a very small minority (6%) of those who are not disabled. 3 This suggests that walking and cycling as a mode of transport are much less common among disabled residents.

 

References

  1. Faculty of Public Health, “Transport & health: A position statement,” 2013.
  2. Hackney Council, “Hackney Transport Strategy 2015-2025,” 2016.
  3. Ipsos MORI for Hackney Council, “Health and wellbeing in Hackney: survey Report for Hackney Council,” 2015.