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Cycling and disability: A call for further research

Clayton, William; Parkin, John; Billington, Chris


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John Parkin
Professor in Transport Engineering

Chris Billington


© 2017 Cycling can offer health benefits, and these benefits are relevant for disabled people. Few disabled people cycle, and disability is under-researched in cycling studies. This paper (i) reviews current research into disabled cycling, and provides a critique of inclusive cycle design guidance; and (ii) reports on a recent study which highlights some of the significant issues faced by disabled cyclists in accessing cycle infrastructure and using designated cycle networks. A semi-structured focus group was conducted with eight inclusive cycle scheme users, seven care providers supporting the majority of the cyclists, and the scheme organiser. We conclude that the needs of disabled cyclists are increasingly being taken into consideration in infrastructure design guidance, but there are many issues to be resolved before cycling is accessible to and usable by disabled people. There is little research on understanding the experiences of disabled cyclists, and hence there is a knowledge gap concerning the efficacy of current design guidance. The data presented in this paper provide a useful first insight into the experiences of a group of disabled cyclists, but these data are limited to the specific context of that group. Further research is needed.


Clayton, W., Parkin, J., & Billington, C. (2017). Cycling and disability: A call for further research. Journal of Transport and Health, 6, 452-462.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 30, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 8, 2017
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Journal Journal of Transport and Health
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 452-462
Keywords cycling, disability, experience, design guidance, policy
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