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1 UNIACCESS Design of Universal Accessibility Systems for Public Transport SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME PRIORITY 6.2: Sustainable Surface Transport FP Transport-3

2 UNIACCESS 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

3 UNIACCESS Why Uniaccess? Societys 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

4 UNIACCESS 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 however

5 UNIACCESS 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

6 UNIACCESS 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

7 UNIACCESS 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.

8 UNIACCESS 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.

9 UNIACCESS 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.

10 UNIACCESS Roadmap for Future Research and Development Requirements Emerging concepts ROADMAP State of the artVision of the future

11 UNIACCESS R&D roadmap – overview

12 UNIACCESS R&D roadmap – overview

13 UNIACCESS Short termMedium termLong term EU standards for accessible design EU-wide guidance for accessible design Laws in case of non-compliance Guidance for good practice Possibilities of bonus-malus scheme Actions to promote accessible Transport/ human diversity Human diversity module for school curriculum Legislation, standardization, policy and society Review of existing national legislation Transport for all reference manual Guidance for design Equal opportunities throughout Europe Single information source for equality information Accessibility certification Mainstreaming universal accessibility Vehicle classification scheme Driving Behavior Education Develop indicators Define criteria, process and delivery Europe-wide non-discrimination legislation Recommendation based on best practices Create European- Level agency Reduce illegal parking Rise awareness of drivers Demonstration programme for accessible transport system Define vehicle accessibility criteria Define vehicle classification criteria Voluntary versus compulsory classifications Establish classification classes R&D Roadmap overview

14 UNIACCESS 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

15 UNIACCESS 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

16 UNIACCESS 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

17 UNIACCESS For more information Visit our Website Contact project coordinator: Sara Sillauren, Euve-Giat, Subscribe to our electronic newsletter on:

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