SHOPMOBILITY: A CRITICAL LINK BETWEEN THE VEHICLE AND THE PEDESTRIAN ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH IMPAIRED MOBILITY

Shopmobility schemes provide wheelchairs, scooters and other walking aids to people with impaired mobility. There are some 60 schemes currently operating throughout the UK, typically to be found near pedestrianised shopping areas in urban areas. Many of the schemes have strong links with the operators of local accessible transport services and retailers. Indeed, a number of them have 'captured' private finance from the retailing sector in acknowledgement of their role in attracting additional shoppers to the locality. Steer Davies Gleave was commissioned to undertake a feasibility study for a Shopmobility scheme in Bath by the City Council. As part of the study, a review of existing services was conducted to determine the optimal design considerations. This work has resulted in the establishment of a popular and well-used service in the City Centre. During the research, a number of lessons were learned which could be used to guide others considering such an initiative. In particular, the following issues are of critical importance: a) location, nature and size of the facility; b) a funding package comprised of finance from the private and public sectors; c) liaison with local transport operators; and d) the likely economic impact of Shopmobility. A summary of the key features of 24 schemes is included. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 878000.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 89-97

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723121
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-285-6
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM