If you are a disabled person who uses some form of cycle, MRCagney would like to hear about your experiences! This research will contribute to improvements in the guidance around the design of cycle networks and associated facilities.

What is this project?
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency would like to learn more about disabled people’s experiences in moving around their communities using cycles. Cycles include conventional and electrically assisted bicycles, tricycles, handcycles, tandems, and recumbents. The project is being used to improve design and planning guidance for transport professionals.

How will this happen?
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency engaged a contractor to meet with and interview a sample of up to three disabled people. There will be one interview per participant. The interview will be either face to face, over the phone or online. The project includes funding for the disabled person’s time, and for the time of any carer, translator, or other support staff that the disabled person deems necessary for the interview to work.

Who is the contractor?
The contractor is Beth Schuck, a data scientist and researcher from consultancy MRCagney. Beth is being supervised Bridget Doran, who has worked with disabled people on transport accessibility for the last ten years, including a recent collaborative research project with DPA.                                
What will happen with the feedback?
The interviews will be used to improve the guidance that transport engineers and planners use to design cycle networks and other facilities that help people to get around by cycle.  Nobody’s names will be used in any of the dissemination of the interviews. Everything an interviewee says will be confidential. Interviewees can request a summary of the engagement report at the end of the project (estimated to be August 2022).

What is the pay? People selected to be interviewed will be paid $100 per hour of their time, for an estimated total of $100 for the one interview per participant.

What are the next steps if I’m interested? If you would like to participate in this research, please email Beth Schuck at eschuck@mrcagney.com describing:

  1. Your experiences as a disabled cyclist,
  2. what type of cycle you use and how often,
  3. where you live (town or suburb),
  4. if you have any access needs to make the interview work well for you.

Access assistance provided on request, for example sign language interpreter.

When is this happening? Interviews will be scheduled and completed between 27 June and 8 July 2022.

If you have any questions about the interview process, you can contact the supervisor:
Bridget Doran
Email: bdoran@mrcagney.com
Phone: 022 077 3831