A New Approach to Designing Transport Systems Free of Mobility Barriers

“You only need empathy in design, if you have excluded the people you claim to have empathy for.”

– Liz Jackson, Founder of The Disabled List

The ambition of the TRIPS project is to make public transport more accessible for persons with disabilities, elderly voyagers and really everyone. We want to address barriers commonly faced by persons with and without disabilities in public transport and implement steps to avoid barriers of any sort in urban transport.

By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU and all Member States have committed to respect the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to mobility and independent living. In practice however, these rights have not yet been implemented in large parts of the EU and many of today’s transport systems remain inaccessible. As a consequence, people are disabled from accessing job opportunities, education, social and leisure activities and other services. This limits lifestyle choices, reinforces exclusion from local communities, and ultimately blocks people from participating in society as full and independent citizens.



co-design for all toolkit

The TRIPS Co-design for All toolkit provides an overview of the main methods that have been co-created and piloted with seven participating cities in the project.

Mobility Divide Index platform

The Mobility Divide Index (MDI) is a brand-new indicator that evaluates the accessibility of public transport services from the point of view of persons with disabilities. 


The TRIPS project is dedicated to the creation of processes that are co-designed with/by/for persons with disabilities.This approach allows people, disabled by inaccessible environments, to take the leading role in designing accessible and usable transport systems. By focusing on the experience and needs of disabled people, we aim to directly address a wide variety of barriers (for example age, health, or language) in current urban transport systems.

seven cities

The project is executed by seven groups of persons with disabilities located in the following European cities: Bologna, Brussels, Cagliari, Sofia, Stockholm, Lisbon, and Zagreb. These seven city pilots work to demonstrate how co-designed mobility solutions can indeed provide inclusive urban transport-for-all.

Latest news & events

Register now – Inclusive Digital Mobility Conference

Date: 7 Dec 2022

The TRIPS project will be co-host of a conference on inclusive digital mobility taking place in Brussels on December 07, 2022. The conference is co-organised with two fellow projects, INDIMO and DIGNITY with whom we share the goal of improving the accessibility of...

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The European Accessibility Observatory

A user-centric dashboard for auditing the inclusiveness of urban mobility around Europe A CITY CANNOT BE INCLUSIVE UNLESS IT FEELS INCLUSIVEA set of user-derived metrics enables us to audit the inclusiveness of urban and transport infrastructure from user perspective...

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