Accessibility of Shared Space for visually impaired persons: An inventory in the Netherlands

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    Abstract

    Shared Space is a concept that comprises the design and planning process of a public space. There are concerns about the accessibility of Shared Spaces for people who are visually impaired. This study provides a systematic overview of the appearance of Shared Spaces in the Netherlands and the consequences that these spaces may have for the independent mobility of visually impaired persons. Environmental characteristics of ten typical Shared-Space locations in the Netherlands were registered. The level of hindrance that these characteristics could cause visually impaired users of these spaces was judged by a group of experts in the field of orientation and mobility. In addition, compliance of the selected locations with existing guidelines for accessibility was
    assessed. None of the selected Shared-Space locations were free of potential problems for
    visually impaired persons.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-148
    Number of pages17
    JournalBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
    Volume30
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep-2012

    Keywords

    • ACCESSIBILITY
    • NAVIGATION
    • orientation and mobility
    • public realm
    • shared space
    • VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

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