The Characteristics and Needs of Pedestrians with Mobility Impairments

How to Move Around Comfortably and Safely with a Reduced Ability to Walk, See, Hear, Feel or Process
Conference paper

Abstract

Mobility is one of the preconditions for being able to participate in social life: individuals perform activities because of economic, social, recreational and other personal reasons. Mobility constraints may lead to a decreased participation. Making the mobility landscape more inclusive is not an easy task at all: the whole travel chain has to be designed and organized in such a way that the specific needs of several groups are taken into account. The accessibility of an environment is not only determined by the barrier context of the person, but also by the environment and the activity undertaken. Depending on these constraints, people with reduced abilities to walk, see, hear, feel or process information can move around more or less independently.

Keywords

Pedestrians Reduced mobility Accessibility Mobility impairments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transportation Research Institute (IMOB)Hasselt UniversityHasseltBelgium

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