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Evaluation of accessible design of public transport facilities

Fujiyama, T.; (2004) Evaluation of accessible design of public transport facilities. Green open access

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Abstract

Today, accessibility for transport is an important issue to maintain the sustainability of our society. Laws and regulations order all new transport facilities be accessible, and transport companies are now trying to introduce accessibility into existing facilities. The experience so far teaches us that it is easy to realise an accessible facility when the facility is newly constructed, but it is strenuous and expensive to introduce accessibility into existing facilities, especially large public transport facilities such as underground stations. Under such a difficult situation, a detailed evaluation tool for accessible designs may be of use to the planning/design of the introduction of accessibility. This research intends to develop a new evaluation tool for accessibility. This research assumes that the accessible design in public transport facilities is of benefit not only to elderly or disabled people but also to all people with the diversity. The significance of the proposed model is to focus on benefits of the accessible design to a variety of people including not only elderly and disabled people but also other people. Accessibility in public transport has previously been regarded as an additional service designed specially for those who cannot manage ordinary facilities. This research suggests a new viewpoint that accessibility is not something only for limited people, but for all people. (i.e. Robust people can also easily use low floor buses.) Another significance of this research is to propose a practical evaluation tool based on the proposed model. Moreover, combining research on accessibility for transport with physiological/ occupational research should be recognised as a unique approach.

Type: Report
Title: Evaluation of accessible design of public transport facilities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Internal report for the Centre for Transport Studies
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8609
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