UITP teams up with Handicap International to promote safe and accessible public transport for all

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In the context of UITP’s participation to the UN-Habitat Assembly taking place in Nairobi this week and as part of our commitment to advocate on all levels for the central role of public transport in the global achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are delighted to announce our recent collaboration with Handicap International (HI) for the creation of our new leaflet Safe and accessible public transport for all: Making SDG 11.2 a reality.

Drawing attention to SDG target 11.2, which sets to provide by 2030 “safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all”, this publication stresses the importance of paying “special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons” when expanding urban mobility to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’.

With 15% of the world population that are persons with disabilities, the lack of inclusive mobility systems participates in denying many persons some essential opportunities, such as getting to school, having decent employment, reaching health care services and engaging in public life. Efforts towards the achievement of SDG target 11.2 therefore have the potential of contributing to a much wider range of SDGs.

As part of their collaboration, HI and UITP defined joint recommendations for more accessible and safer sustainable transport, calling on national governments to help finance and facilitate local level action. These include the need to strengthen policy frameworks, based on evidence and through participative processes, as well as the removal of barriers to accessible mobility via concrete measures.

In particular, HI and UITP insist on the need to adopt a more holistic approach to accessibility by promoting a safe and accessible urban environment based on Universal Design Principles, which represent cost-effective and efficient measures to rapidly enhance both safety and inclusion.

National governments are also advised to provide appropriate training for government staff, urban planners, engineers, public transport authorities and operators on how to cater for the needs of passengers with disabilities in the best way possible.

Finally, HI and UITP also encourage national governments to enable the conduct of safety and accessibility audits, with a participatory approach that would involve all stakeholders concerned and allow the identification of situations that are not compliant with accessibility standards.

UITP’s collaboration with Handicap International highlights once more that public transport is first and foremost a service for people, by people. This belief is also underlined by UITP’s research partner project FAIR Stations. Launched in September 2017, FAIR Stations aims to develop solutions for improved users flow within train stations. This will be done putting customer satisfaction, security and safety at the centre of the station design, paying special attention to the needs of people with reduced mobility. FAIR Stations seeks to develop various station designs and solutions for platform train interface and train door access, which would help to make the journey more comfortable, safe and smooth.

Learn more about the Fair Stations project here

Download our new Safe and accessible public transport for all leaflet

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