Discussing digital barrier-free accessibility at IT TRANS in Germany

Partners from the TRIPS project presented today (10 May 2022) at the IT TRANS conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. A conference dedicated to the topic of digitalization and IT solutions in the public transport sector, TRIPS was one of the only sessions focusing on accessibility! 

The session presented the project in the framework of the creation of digital tools to promote inclusive and accessible transport networks to an audience of public transport operators and industry organisations. 

The side-event explored how the use of a co-design approach and the promotion of digital tools can bridge the gap of accessibility of public transport networks. “It is very empowering bringing justice to people with disabilities,” presented Laura Alčiauskaitė, Project Coordinator from ENIL. 

But it is not just about the co-creation with users that TRIPS is interested in. The key recommendations for the sector need to be a collaborative work. “Accessibility is an end-to-end matter. We need to come together and we need to think about access from A to B. Let’s not think about it from our discipline, let us cross disciplines and work together!” said Tally, TRIPS Coordinator from TRI Research.

A big topic of interest and discussion with the audience was the Mobility Divide Index (MDI), presented by Cino Repetto from T Bridge. Shockingly there is currently no system to measure the level of accessibility in a transport system. The MDI app will provide users, disabled by inaccessible transport environments, share issues they are facing in real-time. Still in its beta version, the audience were shown a demo of how the app will work. We hope to launch the app very soon, to be tested by our pilot cities!

Hear more about our key recommendations in our White paper on requirements for future urban mobility systems: https://trips-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/D2.1-TRIPS-White-Paper.pdf

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