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UNIACCESS Design of Universal Accessibility Systems for Public Transport SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME PRIORITY 6.2: Sustainable Surface Transport FP6-2003-Transport-3. What is UNIACCESS?. 2-year Coordinated Action to define concepts for universal accessibility in public transport funded by 6FP

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UNIACCESS

Design of Universal Accessibility Systems for Public Transport

SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME

PRIORITY 6.2: Sustainable Surface Transport

FP6-2003-Transport-3

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What is UNIACCESS?

  • 2-year Coordinated Action to define concepts for universal accessibility in public transport funded by 6FP
  • Goal:promote and support the networking coordination of research and innovation activities in the field of universal design of accessibility systems for public transport.
  • Partners: multi-sectoral (GIAT, ENIL, AGE, SINTEF, CRF, COCEMFE, STS, POLIS, RATP)
  • Group of experts
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Why Uniaccess?

  • Society’s commitment to equality of opportunity

yet

  • Public transport far from being universally accessible due to:
    • No accessibility provisions
    • Discontinuity in accessibility provisions
    • Accessible devices out of order
    • Public attitudes (PT staff and passengers) to people with mobility difficulties
    • Inclusive design principles more developed in building sector than transport sector
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however

  • An accessible public transport system benefits all – the quality of a system is often a key factor in modal choice decisions
  • People with reduced mobility represent a hidden group of potential public transport users
  • More accessible transport can reduce the need for specialized transport means required by the elderly and disabled people
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Main activities of Uniaccess

  • To collect useful state-of-the-art knowledge for designing universal accessibility system for public transport.
  • To produce a roadmap of future R&D in universal design
  • To come up with new R&D project proposals allows us to bridge the technology gaps.
  • To define an improved collaborative innovation process
  • To raise awareness of universal design
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State of the art – Infrastructure

  • Retrofitting of older interchanges/ stations is expensive and full accessibility is difficult to achieve.
  • Furniture installed by service providers (cafes, shops, etc) is a major obstacle.
  • Verbal announcements are difficult to deliver due to multiplicity of noises & passenger complaints
  • Wide control gates encourage fraud. Control gates should offer a compromise between comfort for the users and fight against fraud
  • Illegal parking at bus stops is an obstacle to the deployment of accessible systems

Zagreb

Malmø

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State of the art – Vehicles

  • Life of certain vehicles very long (especially trains & trams) and retrofitting often costly and not comprehensive.
  • Despite technological improvements (e.g., kneeling cushions, ramps, etc), boarding and disembarking is still a challenge for people with reduced mobility due to steps/gaps.
  • Ramps take time to open/close and, in the case of manual ramps, require the drivers assistance which inconveniences both drivers and other passengers due to time lost.
  • ‘Aggressive’ driving (e.g., bus pulling away before everyone seated) can discourage people with reduce mobility from using public transport.
  • Wheelchair users take more place in vehicles than other users and their evacuation can take longer.
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State of the art – legislation & standards

  • Legislation on public transport accessibility in Europe varies widely in scope and structure.
  • Where legislation exists, it is not always adequately implemented due to lack of guidance, funding and enforcement.
  • Absence of public transport accessibility standards – industry is crying out for standards.
  • Legislation & standards alone will not deliver full accessibility. Policy and societal actions have role to play.
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State of the art – Society

  • Lack of societal awareness about needs of people with reduced mobility.
  • Poor public transport staff attitudes towards PRM passengers (drivers under pressure to meet schedules).
  • The growing proportion of people who cannot use conventional public transport constitutes a significant cost for society due to necessity to use private car or to provide specialised transport - taxis, community buses, etc.
roadmap for future research and development
Roadmap for Future Research and Development

State of the art

Vision of the future

Requirements

Emerging concepts

ROADMAP

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Recommendation

based on best practices

Review of existing national legislation

EU-wide guidance for

accessible design

EU standards for

accessible design

Guidance for design

Guidance

for good practice

Develop indicators

“Transport for all” reference manual

Europe-wide

non-discrimination legislation

Equal opportunities throughout Europe

Legislation, standardization, policy and society

Create European-

Level agency

Single information source for equality information

Define criteria, process

and delivery

Laws in case of

non-compliance

Accessibility certification

Define vehicle

accessibility criteria

Establish

classification classes

Vehicle classification scheme

Define vehicle

classification criteria

Voluntary versus

compulsory classifications

Possibilities of

bonus-malus scheme

Demonstration programme for

accessible transport system

Mainstreaming universal accessibility

Reduce

illegal parking

Rise awareness

of drivers

Driving Behavior

Actions to promote accessible

Transport/ human diversity

Human diversity module

for school curriculum

Education

Short term

Medium term

Long term

R&D Roadmap overview

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Collaborative processes

Our goal:

Establish a closer link between stakeholders and define a new improved collaborative innovation process.

How?

  • Examine current practice (how do designers, manufacturers, operators, authorities and end users currently interact).
  • Identify good practice
  • Prepare guidance for an enhanced ‘collaboration’
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R&D project proposals

Our goal:

Define new project proposals that carry out the intentions of the roadmap of future R&D in the frame of the improved collaborative process previously defined

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Dissemination & awareness raising

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Workshop for local authorities: 20/21 March 06
    • Key issues: communication & political support
  • Adopting universal accessibility principles in public transport design and delivery
    • Training manual
    • Training session, 8 November 2006, Brussels
  • UNIACCESS Conference: 9 November 2006, Brussels

“Towards universal accessibility in public transport”

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For more information

  • Visit our Website

http://www.uniaccessproject.org

  • Contact project coordinator:

Sara Sillauren, Euve-Giat,

email: sillaurrens@euve.org

  • Subscribe to our electronic newsletter on:

http://www.uniaccessproject.org