Public transport should guarantee every person on earth the mobility they need to live their life. From work and leisure to visiting family and reaching medical care, public transport needs to be accessible to all.
16% of the world’s population is disabled in some way, a number that is likely to increase as people grow older. And though the number is decreasing, another 750 million people, which equals the entire population of Europe, have difficulty reading and/or writing.
Much has been done to make the public transport sector more accessible. For example, Brussels’ public transport operator STIB has made 53 out of 69 metro and pre-metro stations accessible by elevator and is steadily removing the gap between trams and platforms.
But accessibility encompasses much more than making sure disabled people can access vehicles. What about a parent travelling with their newborn in strollers? Or the 1 in 12 men that have some form of colour blindness?