Upcoming events

2022 webinar series

One project, three webinars and the high ambition of making urban public transport accessible

Three webinars – 5 May, 10 May and 23 June – to look at accessible transport with public transport providers, policy makers and travelers with disabilities. A call for action to make accessibility a core objective of upcoming infrastructure investments, in particular in public urban transport. A sharing of co-design solutions currently trialed in seven European cities. 
The ambition of the TRIPS project is to make public transport more accessible for persons with disabilities, elderly voyagers and really everyone. Over the past two years, we have deployed a co-design approach to support people, disabled by inaccessible environments, to take the leading role in designing accessible and useable transport systems. This has led to concrete co-designed mobility solutions being currently trialed in seven European cities: Bologna, Brussels, Cagliari, Lisbon, Sofia, Stockholm and Zagreb.
Building on the experience in the TRIPS project and current trends in the public transport sector as well as the policy environment around mobility in Europe, the TRIPS project consortium proposes three webinars to share insights and spark further discussions:

  • 5 May: For the user with the user: enabling accessibility in public transport
  • 10 May: The relevance of accessible transport post-Covid
  • 23 June: Best practice and pilots for accessible transport solutions

Our first webinar looks at how civil society can work together with public entities to improve their services, including its accessibility to end-users. This webinar also intends to support members of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the wider transport sector in understanding the different best practices that can be applied to improve their network accessibility.
The second webinar wants to explore what the Covid pandemic changed for travelers with disabilities in using public transport, in particular in the light of the hybrid model of work and learning that emerged in many countries due to travel restrictions and home confinement. This however may not be taken as excuse to put into question the need of ensuring the accessibility of public transport. Because the lack of accessible transport takes away the choice and the possibility for independent living. Hence, we want to know if barriers increased or decreased, if they remain the same, or if new barriers emerged. Also, what is currently being done to address those barriers and what policy initiatives are the best leverage to make urban public transport more accessible?
The third webinar will close the cycle with presenting current best practices by public transport providers and experiences by cities from the TRIPS project. The session will offer solutions for removing barriers and making sustainable transport more accessible with a co-design methodology in public transport planning, design and investment…
So, join us for vivid discussions on how to make public urban transport accessible – in the short to medium-term and beyond. The programme with the names of the speakers and the link to the registration will follow soon.

Past events

2020 Workshop

Communication in Accessible Urban Public Transport

Workshop on standardisation activities concerning interfaces and communicated content

10 September 2020 14:40~16:00

The European project TRIPS and AAATE’s Special Interest Group on Standardisation organise an online workshop that will be held on 10 September in the framework of the ICCHP 2020 conference(
Accessible environments and assistive technologies (AT) in their widest meaning, allow and facilitate the use of public transportation by persons with disabilities and older citizens. Communication plays an important role in urban public transport. Many scenarios related to human communication content flowing from the user to the transportation provider and back to the user, are imaginable, based on the use of all kinds of interfaces, codes, systems, and tools. This interaction can require communication modality conversion. Further, accessible urban public transport must seamlessly interface with ambient assisted living environments, larger public transport systems and private transport services, different emergency systems, etc.
Involving persons with disabilities and assistive technology experts in the design and implementation of inclusive digital mobility solutions has proven beneficial for all service users, as well as for the sustainable development of entire public transportation systems. For challenging complex environments, such as public transport, standardisation activities are a key to successful solution design. Standardisation, if done well, is an opportunity for providing solutions that foster social equality.
The TRIPS project, funded by the European Commission, aims to involve citizens to actively participate in the design of innovative solutions based on digital technologies. In addressing this challenge, existing and new standards have their say as social determinants and enablers of technological innovation with important practical and societal influence.


Key note session
Moderator: David Banes (AAATE inhouse consultant)
– Laura Alčiauskaitė (TRIPS project coordinator for the European Network of Independent Living): TRIPS project: User involvement in identifying barriers while using the public transportation – primary results
– Anne-Laure Le Merre (Senior Advisor on Suburban and Regional Rail of the International Association of Public Transport UITP): Public Transport and standardisation.
– Christian Galinski (Leader of the AAATE Standardisation SIG and project consultant of AAATE for the TRIPS project): Accessible communication and content interoperability in urban public transport.
Panel session
Moderator: Sabine Lobnig (AAATE Communication officer)
– Gregg Vanderheiden (Raising the floor and Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project)
– Aya Abdullah Jibreal (Senior Inclusive Design and Accessibility Consultant at Qaderoon Business Disability Network)
– Astrid Stueckelberger (Scientist and international health expert)
– Shadi Abou-Zahra (W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI))
– Christoph Veigl (Technikum Wien)
Topics that will be addressed in the presentations and the discussions:

  • The contribution of public transport users with disabilities and other stakeholders to solution design and standardisation activities.
  • Human communication (incl. ICT assisted communication) and its content: modalities, modality conversioncontent interoperability, etc. and challenges related to standardisation.
  • Strategies/policies for accessible urban transport.
  • Wider legal and social issues: Privacy, data security, intellectual property rights (IPR), accessibility legislation, corporate social responsibility (CSR), free accessible content.

Target audience
Transportation users and providers, AT experts, experts in standardisation as well as members of the diverse AT community are invited to join us actively, exchange ideas and experiences, as well as share knowledge in an online environment.
In case you are interested, please contact: or
Christian Galinski, Klaus Miesenberger, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf
The workshop is organised and sponsored by the AAATE SIG on standards in collaboration with the TRIPS consortium partners. Participation is free of chargebut registration is requested.
To register, please use the ICCHP conference registration facility and choose the free relevant “service”.
Your registration includes free attendance of the presentations in the Special Thematic Session of the ICCHP conference “Implementation and Innovation in the area of independent mobility through digital technologies (STS)” Track B: 11.00-12.20 and 13.00-14.20.
In case you are only interested in this workshop, you can also register here.
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The TRIPS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme Under Grant Agreement no. 875588. The views expressed during the workshop are the responsibility of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission, who declines all responsibilities for the content of the workshop and the use that maybe made of it.