AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE TRAVEL PERFORMANCE OF PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS

The study described in this report comprised an investigation of the travel performance and behaviour of 26 persons having various types of physical impairment of a permanent nature. These subjects were observed, recorded and assessed whilst negotiating a pre-selected route which comprised a purposeful journey from Loughborough to Leicester incorporating four modes of transport (pedestrian, bus, car and train). Data relating to speed of performance on individual tasks comprising the route, and the nature and degrees of difficulty experienced during travel, have been analysed in order to provide guidelines in terms of gross orders of priority for the future design and operation of public transport systems more suited to the requirements of physically handicapped persons. Generally, results have indicated that travel tasks which involve raising and lowering the whole body (and especially the former) can be assigned maximum priority for planning action. Walking distances in modal and inter-modal access, and within transport termini, are also designated a high priority. The need to improve the communication of relevant information to the physically handicapped traveller is suggested. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University of Technology

    Department of Transport Technology
    Loughborough,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Gazely, D J
    • Hawkins, N M
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 117 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TT 7806 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM