The Steps of Sidewalks and Public Transport, and the Heavy Traffic of Bandung, Indonesia

This paper describes how streets are essential sites for people’s mobility to reach their destinations. Sidewalks, public transport, and vehicular roads in Bandung do not cater for the mobility needs of elderly and disabled people. Steps are the major culprits in causing the inaccessibility of the infrastructures and facilities. The chaotic condition of traffic complicates the problem of inaccessibility. People with ambulant disability are “transport disadvantaged”, because the transport opportunities do not meet their transport needs. In the current monetary crisis of Indonesia, the government’s priorities are basic rights and survival rather than heeding the special needs of these people. As safe and independent mobility is unlikely to occur, they should accept human assistance. The paper examines the different levels of difficulties experienced by three women with ambulant disability in dealing with the steps. The paper begins with an introduction about the importance of the topic, followed by a description of the physical conditions of the sidewalks, public transport, and traffic. Personal stories tell the real experiences with steps. Finally, the concluding remarks point out that the strong need for step-less infrastructures and facilities are for now not the government’s primary concern.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 6p
  • Monograph Title: Transed 2004. Universal Transportation and Road Design: Strategies for Success

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01130460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2009 9:29AM