India: Ola Mobility Institute Releases Report on Inclusive Transport

India: Ola Mobility Institute Releases Report on Inclusive Transport

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, November 17 2021

Over the last year and a half, the perspective around urban mobility has dramatically shifted. The devastating second COVID-19 wave and warnings around a likely third one have made hygiene, safety and social distancing top-of-mind considerations. In turn, they are influencing travel needs and mode preferences across the socio-economic spectrum.

Unsurprisingly, the ability to exercise travel choices aligned with one’s needs is skewed in favour of the economically privileged and the non-disabled.

Today, as businesses roll back work from home, schools open up, and the desire for meeting friends and family becomes more pronounced, Safe, Accessible, Reliable and Affordable (SARA) transportation assumes greater importance. For the 100+ million Indians with disabilities, this need has become all the more critical now.

Even before the pandemic, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) lived with significant transport disadvantages. Take for instance Bharat (name changed), a student using a wheelchair from Mumbai who simply isn’t able to enter many local train stations because of stairs at the entrance. Furthermore, the unavailability of a schedule of accessible buses prevents him from riding a bus.

Similarly, Usha, a visually impaired teacher from Delhi is exasperated when buses don’t [...]

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