Design of Accessible Transport Systems

Module aims

  • To give a sound background to the philosophy, implementation and evaluation of the design of accessible transport systems. Making transport systems accessible is now a requirement of the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons’ with disabilities so this is not only an issue for the UK, but one that affects how the UK can support emerging nations in this area of development. 

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Explain the importance of accessible transport systems from the perspective of persons who are disabled.
  • Quantify the health and social justice benefits of an accessibility intervention.
  • Assess the accessibility of infrastructure projects from the legal, individual and societal perspectives, and apply solutions to make them accessible.
  • Notice, understand and explain to a variety of stakeholders that the impact of inaccessible parts of the built environment have no different sections of society.
  • Skills to map and measure accessibility.
  • Understand and explain of the complexities of measuring accessibility, and be able to offer improvements to the measurement of accessibility.

Module syllabus

  • The course includes lecture components covering general principles for design, tools for assessing, legislation, planning and management.   

No.

Topic

Staff

01

Basic principles of design and composition

NT

02

Person-Environment interactions

NT

03-04

Accessibility, capabilities and policy

NT

05-06

Locomotor issues for accessibility

NT

07-08

Sensorial issues for accessibility: Vision

NT

09-10

Sensorial issues for accessibility: Hearing

NT

11-12

Multisensorial issues for accessibility

NT

13-14

Cognitive issues for accessibility

NT

15

Integrating personal and societal needs

NT

16

Operating principles for accessibility

NT

17-18

Case study: London

NT

19-20

Presentations of group accessibility project

NT

Activity 1

Workshop: collecting and understanding data from people

NT

Activity 2

Workshop: conducting a street audit

NT

Activity 3 

Group accessibility project site visit

London Borough

Activity 4

Group accessibility project site visit with people with disabilities

London Borough

Activity 5

Co-created urban design

NT

Activity 6

Co-created urban design

NT

Teaching methods

The learning experience in this module is very hands-on, with a lot of use of the Pedestrian Accessibility & Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA), and practical tutorials on various sites in London. Students will use the obtained knowledge in the project in which students work together to create and evaluate the accessibility of an area and give a presentation on it

Assessments

The examination format for the above module is a written paper.  Five questions are set, of which you are required to answer three.

Module leaders

Professor Nicholas Tyler