More than half the population of older people in Europe lives in urban areas, so it is becoming increasingly important for urban transport systems to be accessible. However, good practice in the field of transport accessibility is an evolving concept. It is also important to recognise that simple low-cost schemes can be as valuable as expensive and sophisticated ones.
The Mediate project has produced a number of different tools to help make European cities better adapted to older residents.
These include a good practice guide, produced with input from cities all over Europe and covering a wide spectrum of examples of different types of initiatives; indicators, which serve to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a local public transport system; a report on data collection and analysis, intended as an example to emulate for others; and a self-assessment tool allowing cities, local authorities, or transport operators to see where they should focus their efforts for improvements to improve accessibility.
See below to download the documents.
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