VIDEO: Shared space planner almost knocked down ... on shared space!

Part of the shared space road design in Kirkintilloch, at the busy Catherine Street junction, where two accidents happened in the space of two weeks.
Part of the shared space road design in Kirkintilloch, at the busy Catherine Street junction, where two accidents happened in the space of two weeks.

The architect of a shared space is almost hit by two cars as he puts himself in a blind person’s shoes to try to cross the road.

Ben Hamilton-Baillie is responsible for a controversial road plan similar to the one under construction at Kirkintilloch town centre.

During a live BBC Breakfast television broadcast this week in the village of Poynton, Cheshire, where four roads meet, the presenter asks Mr Hamilton-Baillie to “put yourself in a blind person’s shoes right now.”

“How would you cross navigate the road?”

Watch the video and judge for yourself! (if the video on our website does not work for some reason, here is the link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JTQD0kAEIyQ.

The incident happens about 2:30 minutes in to the broadcast.

Thousands of people continue to protest against the shared space in Kirkintilloch, particularly the busy Catherine Street junction where the traffic lights have been removed.

Sandy Taylor, Chairman of East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired People’s Forum is accusing East Dunbartonshire Council of discriminating against blind and disabled people. He is calling for a moratorium on all shared spaces in Scotland until safety and equality issues have been addressed.

Mr Taylor is being backed by Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay who has invited Scottish Government Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to provide evidence at a future meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.