Access for All—Transportation Provisions for the Handicapped in Hong Kong

Public transportation has traditionally been designed to cater for the able-body passengers. This is understandable on cost, safety and efficiency considerations. However, with the increased awareness of right of the individuals, consideration needs to be given to the needs of the disadvantaged segment of the community. There has been a shift in many societies to ensure equal opportunities for all persons, irrespective of their own physical handicap, to employment, to leading a normal life and to access public facilities. This awareness is a sign of development – it reflects on a society which shows positive signs of acceptance, tolerance and affordability. In recent years, the concerted efforts of the community, the special interest groups pertaining to each form of physical disability, developments, and public transportation operators, have worked to make the community more accessible, even to those who are disadvantaged. The idea of being disadvantaged extends to other groups in the society that need help. Besides permanent physical disability (in terms of mobility, visual or hearing), the following groups of people would also need support in terms of mobility – young children, old and weak people, pregnant women, sick persons, injured persons such as those in clutches, or people carrying large pieces of luggage. In other words, we are all vulnerable at some stage of our lives. By helping the disadvantaged people, we are also helping ourselves. This paper examines the efforts made by all concerned parties to make Hong Kong a more hospitable place for those who are impaired one way or the other.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 93-104
  • Monograph Title: Bridging the East and West: Theories and Practices of Transportation in the Asia Pacific

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01602088
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479810
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: May 19 2016 3:01PM