Inclusive Transport – Ideas for a better Travel Experience
“Can you come over, like now?!” – “Maybe…” People with mobility impairments want to use public transport, 24/7, for daily stuff, for going to work, for visiting friends. However, they face a row of obstacles: Starting with booking the ticket, followed by getting in the vehicle, the situation in the vehicle and getting out again often turns out to be an adventure. As a result, persons concerned become real experts in the transport procedure. During the ITF 2022 we discussed two stories and solutions.
She’s got a ticket to ride – Maybe…
The problem: data inequality
People with disabilities lack data needed for booking a train ticket. The information is lacking whether wheelchair spaces are available. The booking has to be made via two different websites: for the ticket on the one hand, for the mobility service helping getting on the train on the other. Like this, the booking process takes about 30 min. And even worse: It is only decided after half a day whether the booking has worked out or not.
- A personal booking profile that includes personal requirements could help to create a user-friendly booking procedure.
- For this, transparent data (OpenData) and the provision of open interface APIs, should be integrated into the regular booking process.
- Number and availability of wheelchair spaces must be matched in the system with the availability of the local mobility service.
I Need to know before I Go!
The problem: bad travel experience
Before I go, I never know:
- At the tram station – where and how can I get in?
- Are there places available for me?
- If change to a light rail: How does it work here? Is there a gap?
- If I need assistance from the staff – how can I get in contact?
Transport operators have this information. Provide them to us and all customers! Mobility is the foundation for equal participation. It‘s a human right.
Ideathon in Leipzig during the ITF 2022
As a side event during the International Transport Forum 2022, the SOZIALHELDEN (Social Heroes) invited people with mobility impairments to express their most common obstacles they experience in public transport and present their ideas, because: “Nothing about us without us!”
Please meet our experts in their own cause: Annett Heinich, Wolfgang Ziegler, Sarah Lenz, Carlotta Coda, and their allies Lukas Mrocek, Andi Weiland, Holger Dieterich and Helge Inselmann.
Know in advance, if the elevator IS working.
Make elevator information omnipresent
The Elevate Delta project creates the data infrastructure for this purpose by developing data standards and making elevator information from various data providers accessible and harmonized.
The disclosure of data on elevators adds enormous social value. Why?
Digitization becomes tangible. Smart Cities get a concrete use case.
Citizens can inform themselves in advance whether a particular elevator is working or not. Therefore, they experience less frustration and can plan accordingly.
Knowing if an elevator is currently working is not only useful for people that depend on a wheelchair. It is also useful for families with prams, for people with walkers or travelers with heavy luggage.
The Berlin NGO Sozialhelden e.V. laid the foundation for the Elevate Delta project back in 2012.
The Project explained
How to provide data
(For transport services, manufacturers and other data owners)
(For tenants and owners of a building)
(For owners of elevators)