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Bridges for wobbly people

Balance disorders as an example of inclusive design

 Bridges for wobbly people
Author(s): ORCID (Technical Director, Mott MacDonald, Altrincham, United Kingdom)
Medium: conference paper
Language(s): English
Conference: Footbridge 2022: Creating Experience, Madrid, Spain, 07-09 September 2022
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DOI: 10.24904/footbridge2022.215

Our sense of balance is often taken for granted, but there are hundreds of medical conditions which can disrupt it. Balance disorders can be severe in their impact, but there is little published guidance on how to design the built environment to be more accommodating to those who are affected.

This paper treats balance disorders within the wider context of inclusive design. It identifies specific features of footbridges which may reduce inclusivity. Relevant literature and guidance are reviewed.

Simple and positive choices can be made without adverse cost or aesthetic impact, while substantially improving the quality of life for people with balance problems, and enhancing accessibility of bridges for everyone. The wider challenge is to better understand the diversity of all bridge users, and engage imagination and creativity to address their varying needs.

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