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'I feel like a second-class citizen': readers on navigating cities with a disability

'I feel like a second-class citizen': readers on navigating cities with a disability | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
We asked readers with a disability to share their experiences – good and bad. Their responses show the many ways people can be shut out of their communities
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Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else's

Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else's | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
From Paris to New York, we’ve matched metro maps against versions that only include fully accessible stations. The results are discouraging
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Assisted travel & accessibility – Great Western Railway

Assisted travel & accessibility – Great Western Railway | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Need help with your journey? If you require wheelchair accessibility or assisted travel with our trains or at stations let us know at Great Western Railway
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Questionnaire: Transport and Tourism for Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Reduced Mobility

Questionnaire: Transport and Tourism for Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Reduced Mobility | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Dear user,  This questionnaire is part of a study entitled “Transport and Tourism for Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Reduced Mobility”, contracted by the European Parliament, which aims to describe the state of play of accessibility in EU Member States of both transport services (local...
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Cycling information › Transport for all › Accessible Transport in London

Cycling information › Transport for all › Accessible Transport in London | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Transport For All provides information and advice for disabled transport users in London.
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Accessibility for all

Accessibility for all | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Seen in action here, the GlosTalk app has been developed to help not only visually and hearing impaired passengers, but all bus users across Gloucestershire Credit: GCC Local authorities across the country are under pressure to increase modal shift by convincing more citizens to ride the bus. At the same time, the onus is on public transport departments to enhance customers’ journeys through a range of initiatives, whether that includes making improvements to bus routes or revamping bus stations and stops. This issue came into particular focus recently during the journey towards the Bus Services Act 2017, which officially came into existence in April of this year. When first introduced, as the Bus Services Bill 2016-17 in May 2016, the proposed legislation intended to give councils such as ourselves new powers to deliver better journeys for passengers. As stated within a House of Commons report into the Bill however, such improvements to accessibility would need to go beyond enhancing networks and scheduling (important as those are); they required the provision of “a service which different sections of society are able to use with confidence”. That means enabling passengers to easily keep up to date with service information and providing transport that is equipped to meet their requirements The provision of on-board audiovisual technology is undoubtedly a step in the right direction to ensure that bus services are accessible for visually impaired passengers; but is it enough? The phrase ‘different sections’ of course can incorporate a wide variety of social groups: older people, children, passengers with physical impairments, chronic health conditions or mental health issues, people with learning disabilities who may need extra support or simply those who may be unfamiliar with particular routes. Promoting social inclusion through technology The challenge undoubtedly lies in ensuring accessibility for all. This is an issue that prompted much concern during creation of the Bill, specifically in terms of whether the document would do enough to ensure social inclusion across the board. Let us take visually impaired passengers as an example; while the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000 (PSVAR) had previously set down accessibility requirements such as low-floor boarding devices and provision for passengers using wheelchairs, at the time of initial publication there was no provision made for audiovisual (AV) equipment on buses which could help to empower visually and hearing impaired passengers. Related content Feature: On track for digital – building the railway of the future Gloucestershire seeks website and hosting overhaul GLA will use computer simulation to help with investment and policy decisions In the wake of a steady campaign led by Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Government indeed brought forward an amendment in autumn 2016 to enable the Secretary of State to impose regulations requiring local service operators to provide audio information on board their services. As stated within the House of Commons report, “the guidance makes clear that AV provision of information will be required in relation to route and direction, upcoming stopping place and diversions from the scheduled stopping place”. The provision of on-board AV technology is undoubtedly a step in the right direction to ensure that bus services are accessible for visually impaired passengers; but is it enough? This type of technology has been welcomed in areas such as London and Nottingham, where ‘talking buses’ are already in operation. Though successful, the practicality (and benefits) for passengers seem somewhat restricted. Arguably, passengers throughout the UK – regardless of ability – could be presented with a more holistic solution, one that also takes into account elements such as the environment at either side of the actual bus journey. An evolution in passenger information At Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) we’re passionate about public transport and the role technology can play in making it accessible to all. For our bus services, the focus is always centred on providing the right information, in the right way, at every stage of the passenger’s journey. After all, reliable and accurate information gives people the confidence and ability to plan their journeys, and puts them in control – something which is vital to help increase independence for those with specific requirements. In GCC’s drive to improve accessibility, initial plans explored the viability of installing audio equipment at bus stops to read out announcements when triggered by passengers’ purpose-made key fobs. But this presented us with a solution that was far from ideal. Discussions with local authorities who historically had implemented this technology revealed cases of specification changes which rendered key fobs inactive and required replacement of all fobs in circulation. And then there was the cost factor for both the fobs themselves and the audio equipment at the stops, which often resulted in only a partial rollout. In improving accessibility for all passengers – not least those with visual impairment – we had to look towards finding a solution without high costs or risk; one that could be affordably delivered across the county and, crucially, one which would take into account every stage of a passenger’s journey – from finding the nearest bus stop and finding out when a bus is due, to getting off the bus. By embracing technology as an enabler, public transport departments and local authorities can make life easier for everyone Working alongside Trapeze, and with input from local disability group Gloucestershire Voices, we launched a talking app, GlosTalk, to assist both visually and hearing impaired bus users and the wider passenger community. GlosTalk, which has been shortlisted in the 2017 National Transport Awards, benefits users in three key ways: firstly, by using audio commands to guide them to their nearest stop; secondly, by telling them when their chosen bus is due to depart; and thirdly, by warning when they need to alight the bus. Such features have value for all users, but the convenient and user-friendly functionality we see in the app – favourite locations, regular journeys and so on – is absolutely essential for those with disabilities. One element of our talking app which has proven particularly beneficial is its ‘hand-holding’ feature. By counting down to each stop, hand-holding enables passengers to understand precisely where they are within their route, thus delivering assurance and confidence for users. And best of all, the app, which is currently available for iOS, Android and Windows phones, can be accessed whenever and wherever required. Wider benefits Technology such as GCC’s GlosTalk has the potential to offer essential budget savings for local authorities by helping to transition passengers from demand-responsive to mainstream services, without extensive travel training schemes. For example, user-led self-advocacy organisations for adults with disabilities – such as Gloucestershire Voices – often run buddy schemes to help people get used to bus travel. Such is the intuitiveness of talking apps, there’s a real potential to reduce the number of buddy journeys needed before somebody can travel alone. Travel information can be confusing for anyone, whether partially sighted or not. By embracing technology as an enabler, public transport departments and local authorities can make life easier for everyone, encouraging them to use the bus by making sure they can get from A to B with minimum fuss. If more organisations incorporate innovative solutions into their planning strategies, we’ll be a step closer to a more accessible and inclusive public transport system for all.
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12 accessible travel tips | Motability Scheme

12 accessible travel tips | Motability Scheme | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
12 accessible travel tips | Travelling if you have a disability can be a challenge but, with the right planning, anything is possible. In the UK, access provision is getting better al
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How to Make Transport Accessible? We need your help! - Disability United

How to Make Transport Accessible? We need your help! - Disability United | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
The government has launched a Draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan, and wants to know what you think. The Draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-transport-accessibility-action-plan Responses need
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NYC DOT - Initiatives for People with Disabilities

NYC DOT - Initiatives for People with Disabilities | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
ABOUT DOT DOT Initiatives for People with Disabilities DOT has implemented a variety of programs to help make New York City's public space safer, more accessible and more vibrant. These initiatives range from changing the timing of signals to allow additional crossing time for pedestrians to...
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Is Travelling First Class on Virgin Trains Wheelchair Accessible

Is Travelling First Class on Virgin Trains Wheelchair Accessible | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Travelling first class on Virgin Trains in a wheelchair is accessible and comfortable with a spacious wheelchair space and accessible toilet onboard.
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How the Air Carrier Access Act Relates to Website Accessibility

How the Air Carrier Access Act Relates to Website Accessibility | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
ACAA formally recognizes that airlines must provide accessibility upon arrival at the airport AND at the website used to book travel.
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All SBS Transit bus services to be wheelchair accessible by Monday

All SBS Transit bus services to be wheelchair accessible by Monday | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE - Come Monday (Aug 21), all SBS Transit bus services will be wheelchair accessible. Currently, nine out of the 205 services operated by SBS Transit cannot take wheelchairs.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Town mayor launches new bus service

Town mayor launches new bus service | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
VILLAGES, hamlets and housing estates across Oxfordshire were left high and dry last year when Oxfordshire County Council axed funding to more than…
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View from the House: Make public transport accessible to all

View from the House: Make public transport accessible to all | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with local campaigners from Transport for All, which aims to make public transport in our area more accessible to disabled people.
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Scotland’s first Accessible Travel Framework unveiled

Scotland’s first Accessible Travel Framework unveiled | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Minister launches ten-year plan to improve travel access for disabled people
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1: Planning accessible travel in London (British Sign Language)

1: Planning accessible travel in London (British Sign Language) | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson introduces you to travel in London by public transport, including how to plan journeys, what types of tickets are available an
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Brighton and Hove Buses

Brighton and Hove Buses | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Wheelchair Taxi Guarantee Scheme All of our buses are 100% wheelchair accessible. However if for any reason a wheelchair user is unable to board the bus we have implemented the wheelchair taxi guarantee scheme that provides a free accessible taxi.
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The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Wheelchair

The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Wheelchair | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
There is a lot to consider when you decide to travel. When you use a wheelchair there are a few additional things to consider too. It can seem daunting especially if you are new to traveling. On top of that, it can be hard to find information that caters to your unique needs. Of course,…
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London Midland changes its toilet signage for ‘invisible’ conditions

London Midland changes its toilet signage for ‘invisible’ conditions | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
London Midland is changing the signage of its accessible toilets to reflect the ‘invisible nature’ of some health conditions.
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Disability transport plan unveiled in Leeds by Government

Disability transport plan unveiled in Leeds by Government | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Read the latest Calendar stories, Disability transport plan unveiled in Leeds by Government on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Calendar news
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13 Best Wheelchair Accessible Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

13 Best Wheelchair Accessible Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Tourists traveling with a wheelchair can take advantage of easy to use and accessible hop-on hop-off tour bus services in cities around the world.
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Calgary airport to convert luxury Lexus-only stalls back to accessible parking

Calgary airport to convert luxury Lexus-only stalls back to accessible parking | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Calgary International Airport has apologized for moving accessible parking stalls and setting up a Lexus marketing campaign in their place. The pavement in the parking spots was painted to indicate they were reserved for drivers of the luxury car.
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VISION 2020 UK response to the Civil Aviation Authority: Accessible air travel: Airport performance report 2016/17 - VISION 2020 UK

VISION 2020 UK response to the Civil Aviation Authority: Accessible air travel: Airport performance report 2016/17 - VISION 2020 UK | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
VISION 2020 UK the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration and co-operation between organisations with an interest in eye health and sight loss welcomes the efforts that are being made by CAA to improve access to airports for blind and partially sighted air passengers. We note that there are many positive examples of progress but remain concerned that the provision of
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