Pavement map created to assist local authorities could prove beneficial to mobility aid users
An interactive map of pavement widths has revealed most pavements across the country are less than three metres wide, highlighting the difficulty for those using mobility devices to socially distance.
The spatial analysis was conducted by Esri UK and is based on measurements collected from Ordnance Survey, enabling the mapping company to create a map of all pavement widths.
Despite being designed for local authorities as part of Esri UK’s COVID-19 Disaster Response Programme, the free-to-access map providing an indication of the width of pavements could also prove useful for users of mobility equipment when planning journeys.
The map marks up paths in one of three colours denoting the categories: blue, minimum width of three metres or greater; orange, minimum width that is between two and three metres; and red, minimum width less than two metres.
According to Esri UK’s analysis, 30 per cent of Great Britain’s pavements are at least three metres wide whilst 36 per cent are between two to three metres wide.
34 per cent are less than two metres wide.
It comes as earlier this year, concerns were raised over cars obstructing already tight pavements, forcing those with mobility aids to take alternative and sometimes dangerous routes to avoid the obstructions. Late last year, one mobility scooter tipped his device and suffered injuries after being required to leave the pavement to negotiate a parked van.
Esri UK notes that the model does not include pedestrianised roads or take account of other obstructions such as street furniture, changes of level or barriers such as walls or rails that may reduce the available space or impede pedestrian use.
“The pavement map is designed to help local authorities and related organisations prioritise their efforts, to ensure the safety of the public, as lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased,” said Paul Clarke, head of Esri UK’s Government practice.
“By giving them an instant view of the situation, they’re faced with, the map reduces the time needed to manually measure pavements and not rely on records which may be out of date. Easy access to current pavement width data will help all councils make faster decisions with greater certainty and ensure walking is as safe as possible.”
Over 30 local authorities are using the new pavement map to help make changes, including Glasgow City Council, Stirling Council and East Dunbartonshire Council.https://thiis.co.uk/pavement-map-created-to-assist-local-authorities-could-prove-beneficial-to-mobility-aid-users/https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Esri-Pavement-banner-Liverpool.jpg?fit=900%2C476&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Esri-Pavement-banner-Liverpool.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Coronavirus NewsCOVID-19 Sector NewsNewsroomReports & ResearchSector NewsCOVID-19,COVID-19 Disaster Response Programme,East Dunbartonshire Council,Esri UK,Glasgow City Council,local authorities,map,Mobility aids,mobility devices,Mobility scooters,pavement map,pavement parking,pavement widths,powerchairs,social distance,Stirling CouncilAn interactive map of pavement widths has revealed most pavements across the country are less than three metres wide, highlighting the difficulty for those using mobility devices to socially distance. The spatial analysis was conducted by Esri UK and is based on measurements collected from Ordnance Survey, enabling the mapping...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine