PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND THE PHYSICALLY DIABLED--THE TRANSPORT OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS

In this paper two great families of handicapped persons are considered; individuals with reduced mobility able to travel without wheelchairs, and handicapped people in wheelchairs. A functional classification has been constructed for the first family which, based on the physical aptitudes of the individual, shows the limits and the impossibilities with respect to the use of conventional public transport. Solutions and recommendations are given to increase the accessibility of buses to handicapped individuals not using wheelchairs. It is emphasized that this methodology, (the functional classification and the ergonomic requirements which derive therefrom), can be applied to most situations with which the handicapped are confronted (e.g. in the workplace and at home). The access of handicapped individuals in wheelchairs into public transport has been studied and tested by TREGIE. The authors describe the vehicles which have been used and the necessary conditions which simultaneously satisfy the needs of the handicapped (in urban transport and group travel), operations' considerations (i.e. methods of operation) and the necessary techniques of the vehicle builders. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
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    Loughborough University of Technology

    Department of Transport Technology
    Loughborough,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Flores, J L
    • Remy, E
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00184899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Loughborough University of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM