Designing bus stops for all
Mobycon has evaluated the design over 1,000 existing bus stops in the Dutch province of North Brabant, since 2009. Now, 80 percent of the bus stops have been retrofitted to increase accessibility for disabled and senior citizens.
The bus stops in North Brabant were evaluated against a set of criteria meant to ensure accessibility and prevent conflict between different traffic types. The results include new and remodelled stations, but it was not only materials and flow that were altered. Mental accessibility was also considered through this project. To clearly direct people of all abilities toward public transport, new symbols were developed for signs.
Mobycon has experience designing public transport and public spaces in accordance with the Design4all principle. This approach is becoming increasingly important for keeping aging societies mobile. Accessibility is also becoming a more nuanced issue in cities where the mode share for cycling is increasing quickly.
Recently, our company worked with a Canadian city wishing to learn more about avoiding conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists around transit hubs. We presented the city with best practice guidelines meant to guide the street design on their drawing boards as well as in the future.
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Dick van Veen. Mobycon has also contributed to a book on the topic,
Guidelines for Universal Access in Public Space, published by CROW, the Dutch organisation responsible for gathering and publishing resources on traffic and transport.