Transportation

Barcelona Metro Launches New Accessible Customer Service Centre

SPAIN: As of 15 March, there is a new citizen service centre (Punt TMB) operating in the lobby of the Sagrada Familia station of the Barcelona Metro. TMB, the operator company, described the new office addition as a pioneering in certain aspects. Among other things, it will be the first to offer information in Catalan… Continue Reading »

Charging Technology for Electric Vehicles Needs to be More Accessible Says New Research

UK: Recent research from RiDC (Research Institute for Disabled Consumers) shows that 61 per cent of disabled people would consider buying an electric vehicle only if charging was made more accessible. The online survey was commissioned by Urban Foresight, which says results show that only 25 per cent of non-EV drivers would agree to considering getting an EV now, compared… Continue Reading »

Partnership to Enhance Accessible Transport in Maldives 

The government of Japan pledged three Assistive Vehicles worth MVR 3,233, 065 (USD 209,667 and JPY 23,063,370) for Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities (MAPD) to enhance the mobility of people with disabilities. The grant contract under the Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme was signed on Tuesday during a ceremony held… Continue Reading »

UK: Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee Publishes Recommendations for Making Coach Travel More Accessible

UK: The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) has published a series of recommendations for making coach travel, like all other forms of public transport, more accessible to disabled people. In a UK Government report, the DPTAC stated that it was initially pleased that the Public Service Vehicle Access Regulations (PSVAR) was extended to cover coaches… Continue Reading »

Poland: Train Stations Become More Accessible with Ramps and Signs in Braille

POLAND: The removal of architectural barriers, installing of lifts and ramps, signs in Braille and contrasting colours are just some of the solutions being adopted by Polish State Railways at train stations, to make them more accessible to all groups of travellers. The rebuilding of Kraków, Gdynia and Wrocław train stations were amongst some of the… Continue Reading »

Seven New Accessible Vehicles Launched by Lime for Persons with Disabilities to Access Micromobility

UNITED STATES: If you live in New York City and use a manual wheelchair, you may soon be able to use the Lime app to order a free rental of an attachment that turns it into a power vehicle. The design is one of seven adaptive vehicles the micromobility company recently developed to make its… Continue Reading »

UK: Southeastern to Implement Additional Accessibility Measures under new Accessible Travel Policy

UK: A host of new measures that have been designed to improve the travel experience on Southeastern services for anyone who has a disability or mobility issue are being implemented during 2021, it has been announced. They are part of the operator’s new Accessible Travel Policy that is now available following approval by the Office and Rail and… Continue Reading »

Redesigned Wheelchair Offers Easier Storage in Aircrafts

Back in 2018, we heard about a full-size foldable wheel known as the Revolve. Its inventor, Andrea Mocellin, has now incorporated the technology into a wheelchair that folds down to fit inside an airliner’s overhead baggage area. The wheel itself features a central hub, six folding aluminum structures that take the place of traditional spokes, and… Continue Reading »

Berlin Introduces Pedestrian Law Putting a Greater Focus on Inclusive Pedestrian First Mobility

GERMANY: Berlin has introduced a law elevating the status of pedestrians and making its mobility ecosystem more usable for wheelchair users and the visually impaired. The so-called ‘pedestrian law’– an amendment of the city’s 2018 Mobility Act – was passed by the state parliament at the end of January and is the first time a German city has… Continue Reading »

Canada and Ontario Invest in Accessible Public Transit Infrastructure for Residents of Peel Region

CANADA: Funding for two projects that will modernize and improve accessibility for Peel Region’s public transit system was announced by the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, on behalf of the Honorable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Nando Iannicca,… Continue Reading »