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A participatory qualitative analysis of barriers of public transport by persons with disabilities from seven European cities

König, Alexandra and Seiler, Anne and Alčiauskaitė, Laura and Hatzakis, Tally (2021) A participatory qualitative analysis of barriers of public transport by persons with disabilities from seven European cities. Journal of Accessibility and Design for All, 11 (2), pp. 295-321. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. doi: 10.17411/jacces.v11i2.353. ISSN 2013-7087.

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Abstract

Although there is literature published by a considerable number of scientific publications regarding disability and transport, the affected persons are only very rarely involved in the research. The paper presents the results of two qualitative studies conducted jointly with persons with different forms of disabilities: i) a social media content analysis and ii) peer-to-peer interviews with persons with disabilities (N = 49). The studies aimed to identify barriers that persons with access needs face during their trips with public transport. In line with a participatory approach, persons with disabilities from seven European cities were involved in conducting the research allowing for new interpretations of transport equity issues. Qualitative content analysis of both studies revealed barriers clustered into eight categories: regulations, public awareness and assistance, information provision and communication, infrastructure, vehicles, general service quality, stops and stations and emotional barriers. The two studies highlight important factors that influence disabled users’ experiences of public transport. Upon reflection, the paper derives research hypotheses and demonstrates the value of involving people with disabilities in the analysis of disability research to derive in-depth insights about equity in transport.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/146614/
Document Type:Article
Title:A participatory qualitative analysis of barriers of public transport by persons with disabilities from seven European cities
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
König, AlexandraAlexandra.Koenig (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6332-3817
Seiler, Anneanne.seiler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Alčiauskaitė, Lauralaura.alciauskaite (at) enil.euUNSPECIFIED
Hatzakis, TallyTally.Hatzakis (at) trilateralresearch.comUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Accessibility and Design for All
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:11
DOI :10.17411/jacces.v11i2.353
Page Range:pp. 295-321
Publisher:Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
ISSN:2013-7087
Status:Published
Keywords:Accessibility, barriers, mobility, disability, qualitative data analysis, TRIPS
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Movement
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Design and Evaluation of Mobility Solutions, BS
Deposited By: König, Alexandra
Deposited On:07 Dec 2021 14:05
Last Modified:07 Dec 2021 14:05

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