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Disability, Mobility and Road Risk

The new framework of UN Sustainable Development Goals has set a tough target of reducing road fatality and injury rates by 50 per cent by 2020. Under goal 11.2 it also makes a commitment to “provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.”

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises “the importance of accessibility to the physical, social, economic and cultural environment, to health and education and to information and communication, in enabling persons with disabilities to fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.” If an individual’s mobility choices are so severely limited that they are unable to participate fully in society or fulfil their own potential, their rights are being denied.

Little statistical data exists, however, on the specific road risks faced by people with disabilities and the impact on their lives. Road casualty databases do not routinely collect information on the exposure of people with disabilities to road risk even in countries with well-developed data collection systems such as the UK. The extent to which people with disabilities may avoid traveling due to the road safety environment and poor access to transport is also not generally recorded.

Working with our local partners therefore we are conducting important and much needed survey work of people with disabilities in the EASST region with the aim of better understanding the needs, desires and problems disabled people face as drivers, pedestrians and public transport users and how to address such issues proactively.

EASST is working to extend this work to other countries and raise the issue of mobility for people with disabilities wherever possible.

Download our Disability, Mobility and Road Risk in Moldova report. 

News Results for Disability, Mobility and Road Risk

New research reveals links between disability, mobility and road risk in Belarus

20th July 2017 Report calls for safer, more accessible public spaces as a matter of human rights.

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Disability, Mobility and Road Risk in Kyrgyzstan

14th June 2017 Road Safety Kyrgyzstan survey finds severe inadequacies in infrastructure and transport accessibility for disabled people.

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Identifying pedestrian knowledge, perceptions of and attitudes on road safety in Baku

14th April 2017 EASST partner AMAK tackles pedestrian safety concerns in Azerbaijan with new research report into road safety and pedestrian needs in Baku.

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