Disability, Mobility and Road Risk

Road injury is not just a cause of disability – people with disabilities are also more at risk on the roads. The WHO World Report on Disability says “people with disabilities are at a higher risk of non-fatal unintentional injury from road traffic crashes”. Sustainable Development Goal 11.2 calls for “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.” Despite these facts, little attention has been given to researching the links between disability, mobility and road risk.

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.

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

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An estimated 30% of those injured on the roads remain permanently disabled.

SDG 11.2
“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”

Disability, Mobility and Road Risk News

Disability, Mobility and Road Risk Resources

Disability and Road Safety in Azerbaijan

This research report by the National Automobile Club of Azerbaijan is based on a survey and interviews with disabled people and their carers in Azerbaijan. It aims to analyse the current situation related to accessible mobility in Azerbaijan and present data on the challenges that people with disabilities face while using roads and public transport on a daily basis. (2018)

Disability, Mobility and Road Risk in the Kyrgyz Republic

Disability, Mobility and Road Risk in the Kyrgyz Republic

This report on Disability, Mobility and Road Risk – published by EASST and our local partners, Public Association Road Safety – reveals severe inadequacies in inclusive and accessible public spaces in Bishkek. (2018)

Disability, Mobility, and Road Risk in Moldova

Disability Mobility and Road Risk Moldova

This report by the Automobile Club of Moldova provides data based on a survey of 100 individuals with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova on types of issues faced by people with different disabilities as road users and offers recommendations to improving mobility and accessibility to policy makers. (2016)

Road Safety – An Inherent Right and Equal Opportunity for All People

Road Safety An Inherent Right and Equal Opportunity for All People in Belarus

Based on a survey of 1000 disabled people and their carers throughout Belarus this report by the Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club offers fresh data and insights into the particular needs and problems disabled people in Belarus face as drivers, pedestrians and public transport users. (2017)

Istiqlol Hospital road crossing, Dushanbe

Local testimony captured by the Young Generation of Tajikistan on the difference the new crossing at Istiqlol Hostpital in the centre of Dushanbe is having on local people. The crossing was installed through a collaboration between the Safer Roads Foundation, EBRD, EASST, Young Generation of Tajikistan and Dushanbe City Traffic Police. (2019)

Accessibility in Baku

The National Automobile Club of Azerbaijan show desperate need for accessible infrastructure and accessible roads in Baku. (2018)

Lessons of Kindness

Addressing the everyday transport challenges faced by people with disabilities in Belarus. Video by the Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club and Belarusian Association of Assistance to Children and Young People with Disabilities. (2018)

Report: Safe and accessible public transport for all

Building on evidence and case-studies, this report by Humanity and Inclusion (HI) and UITP conveys the key message that improving road safety and enabling accessibility is a central factor to realising the rights of all citizens, including the 1 billion people living with a disability. Specific recommendations for decision-makers are set to inspire their actions towards safer and more accessible public transport and urban infrastructures. (2019)

Leaflet: Safe and accessible public transport for all

This leaflet by Humanity and Inclusion (HI) and UITP focuses on making SDG 11.2 a reality. The work around SDG 11 has the potential to promote implementation of a wider range of human rights and SDGs (on education, employment, gender equality). As travelling by public transport is ten times safer per mile than travelling by car, SDG 11.2 also significantly contributes to road safety and to SDG 3.6. (2019)

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