Why Buses Cannot Get Wheelchair Users to Most City Areas
Study in Columbus Finds Lack of Sidewalks Hampers Mobility
Author: Ohio State University | Contact: osu.edu
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes
Journal Reference: DOI Link to the Study Paper
Library of Related Papers: Public Disability Transport Publications
Synopsis: Study finds the key obstacle is with sidewalks and other infrastructure that wheelchair users need to get from home to bus stops and from bus stops to their destination. In much of the city, people with mobility disabilities had accessibility levels that were 60% to 100% below levels for public transit users without disabilities. Sidewalks are part of our transportation system. We cannot have effective and equitable public transit without having a good sidewalk network.
“Disparities in Public Transit Accessibility and Usage by People With Mobility Disabilities: An Evaluation Using High-Resolution Transit Data” – Journal of Transport Geography.
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