While cities have made major advances in providing accessible transport and addressing building access issues, the route in-between has largely been neglected. Navability addresses the effort, missing connectivity, barriers, distance penalties and journey ride experience …factors that influence the desire to make the journey.
We employ people who use wheelchairs, equip their wheelchair with the surveying technology and train them to survey the paths in the Local Government Area or precinct. A wheelchair is the ideal vehicle. Built to travel on footpaths, moving at pedestrian speed, capable of reaching CBD, parklands, shared pathways, transport platforms, it represents an ideal platform for data collection.
The wheelchair operates at the margins of the performance envelope for wheeled sidewalk vehicles, and thus paves the way for other mobility solutions such Scooters, hire bikes, baby strollers, shopping carts, wheeled luggage etc. The wheelchair ensures inclusion and accessibility for the wider community.
We collect geolocated data on:
- The effort required to navigate the section of footpath - slope, cross slope, shudder, pavement type, surface condition
- The access to the road with kerb ramps - location, orientation, approach and departure angle
- The access to the buildings and properties adjoining the footpath
- The location of facilities and services
- The footpath condition including cracks, heave, trip hazards and maintenance issues with geolocated record and images.
- Our mobility maps use universal colours to show effort. While slope is the major source of impedance, the addition of other factors such as cross slope, surface type and condition can quickly make a sidewalk impassable. Our maps can be understood without any prior knowledge or training.
- The data is the basis for an accessible routing services including public transport connections.
We will survey Downtown Indianapolis, including the Methodist Hospital, Lucas Oil Stadium and Convention Centre, IUPUI university and associated Medical Centre. We will also map the Mononon trail (refer PPT map). We will focus on the key linkages between public transport nodes and the major pedestrian destinations in downtown Indianapolis. We will work with the Pedestrian access plan and the neighbourhood revitalization plan
We have chosen these areas base on local community feedback that found
- some residents are so concerned about their ability to get to/from the bus stop safely that they avoid healthcare trips and errands all together.
- many of the mobility options currently available to residents with physical limitations do not accommodate for the small details that make the difference between a successful or stressful trip.
- For those living with limitations, the mobility journey starts at their front door – designing solutions that support these residents from that very first step all the way through to their destination is critical to their ability to navigate the city