Disability, Mobility and Road Risk
Issues around disability, mobility and road risk are an important concern for EASST. 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”.
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 this, little attention has been given to researching the links between disability, mobility and road risk in EASST partner countries. Our work therefore aims to:
- Encourage all EASST partners to make disability, mobility and road risk a priority area of work.
- Support EASST partners in conducting research and promoting accessibility and mobility for all in their countries.
- Support EASST partners in developing and implementing inclusive policies within their organisations.
Disability Awareness Training for Public Transport Managers
Across the world, many people with disabilities and reduced mobility are excluded from social and economic life due to inaccessible transport systems. Disability Awareness can bring a number of benefits to public transport companies.
This short online course, available via the EASST Academy training platform, offers an introduction to Disability Awareness and will help managers understand how to make public transport services more accessible and inclusive of the needs of people with disabilities so they can travel independently and with confidence.
The course has been developed by EASST with financial support from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and in consultation with FIA Clubs, local disability groups in pilot countries, and a Voluntary Advisory Committee of experts from across the UK and Europe. It offers practical guidance on how to better understand and support passengers with different types of disability with video testimony, reading materials, presentations, and quizzes.
A critical aspect of the course is the involvement of people with disabilities, sharing their experiences of using bus and trolleybus services and how they think things can be improved. It has built on these experiences to offer practical guidance on how to better understand and support passengers with different types of disabilities, emphasising the importance of stakeholder consultations, as well as explaining how an inclusive public transport strategy can boost business.
The animation video used above been produced by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) explaining not only why Inclusive Public Transport is important but also how to achieve it.
Safe and Inclusive Mobility News
Three intersections in Chisinau have been upgraded with acoustic travel signals and more to help pedestrians with disabilities feel safer.
Emma was invited by the ITF to present at this year’s Summit in Leipzig on how assess mobility choices for women in rural Tajikistan impacts on economic opportunity.
This short online course will help managers understand how to make public transport services more accessible and inclusive of the needs of people with disabilities so they can travel independently and with confidence.
EASST partners in Azerbaijan, Belarus and Moldova pilot Disability Awareness Training with public transport managers and drivers.
Identifying the transport needs of people with limited mobility & how they are affected by a lack of road safety in Chisinau.
Our ground-breaking project on disability and road safety in Belarus wins 2019 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.
EASST partners the Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club take their model of inclusive road safety education to the city of Luban.
The BKA continue to promote inclusive mobility and road safety for children with disabilities in Belarus with launch of their new project ‘Road safety without measures’
Safe and Inclusive Mobility 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
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
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
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)
Women’s Safety and Security
This compendium from the International Transport Forum assembles voices from the transport sector, including EASST’s Emma MacLennan, on the critical issue of safety for women in public transport and transport more generally. (2018)
She Moves Safely
She Moves Safely is a groundbreaking study funded by the FIA Foundation and CAF – Latin American Development Bank, exploring women’s personal security on public transport across three cities in Latin America. (2018)
Mobility and road safety among people with disabilities in Oral – West Kazakhstan Region
This research looks at the relationship between disability, mobility, and road risk and makes recommendations on how to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Oral – West Kazakhstan Region.
The study was conducted within the framework of the project “Safe roads in the West Kazakhstan Region”, supported by Shell Kazakhstan and Eni. It was implemented by local NGO “Gauhar Zhol” with the support of EASST.