Obstruction-free pedestrian infrastructure - the link that the bus system needs


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Résumé / Abstract
First in Germany and then throughout Europe, advances in technology have given us low-floor buses, with no change of level over a part of the floor area. These new vehicles greatly facilitate access by those with reduced mobility (pmrs, in French) - the elderly, parents with baby buggies, the temporarily handicapped and wheelchair users. But it quickly became obvious that, for this quality of access actually to be delivered, the thinking had to be in terms of the system of transport, and not considering just the vehicle. The other part of the system, of course, is the urban infrastructure, because all bus passengers will be pedestrians - firstly from their starting points and then on to their destinations and, for the passenger, the bus stop is both the point of access and a place of safety. The paper investigates the various features of the urban environment and show how to avoid these being obstacles to the use of low-floor buses: -the pedestrian route, -the bus stop, -the signs and information function, -the standard of infrastructure and fittings

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