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Supporting a Design Driven Approach to Social Inclusion and Accessibility in Transport

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Marshall, Russell; Summerskill, Steve; Case, Keith; Hussain, Amjad; Gyi, Diane; Sims, Ruth; Morris, Andrew; Barnes, Jo

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Abstract This paper presents research into the area of public transport and accessibility, addressing the support of practitioners in achieving socially inclusive solutions to the mobility issues of diverse populations. For decades, social policy has been underpinned by a stereotyping of populations into simplified sub groups: old, young, disabled, etc. and thus solutions often fail to properly address the richness of human variability. These shortcomings are often ‘managed’ through the ability for people to adapt, however, this is not a sustainable way in which to build a socially inclusive transport infrastructure. A software design tool called HADRIAN is presented. This tool provides a means to evaluate designs for their physical inclusiveness through the use of a virtual user group. This virtual user group is the embodiment of over 100 people that can be used to assess an existing or proposed design and to gain an understanding of what may be done to improve its accommodation. A case study exploring the use of the tool is described together with work in exploring the correlation of the individuals within the HADRIAN system with data on the UK population as a whole and how the inclusion or exclusion of individuals with specific characteristics can be used to inform a more representative view of the inclusiveness of a design. (author's abstract)
Keywords public space; public transport; everyday life; action; infrastructure; personal services; mobility; software; new technology; technical development; simulation; computer; mobility barrier; social integration; traffic; planning; Great Britain
Classification Sociology of Traffic; Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Free Keywords Barrierefreiheit
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 7-23
Journal Social Inclusion, 4 (2016) 3
Issue topic Transport Policy and Social Inclusion
ISSN 2183-2803
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution