The city of Klaipėda conducted a recent experiment where it assessed how well buses and related infrastructure were adapted to the needs of its citizens with disabilities.
The test was conducted together with the Klaipėda Disability Council, whose members went on a trip around the city using buses.
While all of Klaipėda’s buses have low floors and are generally adapted to people with reduced mobility, the experiment revealed that shortcomings still existed.
The participants of the test trip found that some buses stopped too far from the sidewalk, while on other occasions the curbs were too high.
They also found that not all drivers could admit on board people in wheelchairs as not all buses had the necessary ramps.
The Klaipėda Disability Council recommended to the city’s transport operator that they mark buses equipped with ramps, and create a map indicating the stops which have adapted infrastructure so that people with disabilities can easily get on and off buses.
The Council also proposed that bus drivers undergo training sessions involving Klaipėdans with reduced mobility to understand better how to provide them with a more comfortable service.
For more information, visit kauno.diena.lt (in Lithuanian).
Image copyright: Vytauto Liaudanskio/kauno.diena.lt