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Developing the multi-dimensional mobility divide index (MDI) as a methodology to assess the accessibility level of public transport systems

Repetto, Cino and Benzi, Leonardo and Hatzakis, Tally and Alčiauskaitė, Laura and Andrushevich, Alexey and König, Alexandra (2022) Developing the multi-dimensional mobility divide index (MDI) as a methodology to assess the accessibility level of public transport systems. Open Research Europe, 2 (143). F1000 Research Ltd.. doi: 10.12688/openreseurope.15153.1. ISSN 2732-5121.

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Official URL: https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.eu/articles/2-143


Background: This paper presents the development of a multi-dimensional mobility divide index (MDI) for assessing the accessibility of public transport developed using a co-design approach, directly involving end-users in the index design process. The index measures the gap that persons with disabilities feel they need to over-come to use public transport in the same way non-disabled citizens do. The MDI covers six accessibility-related dimensions: 1) safety, 2) convenience, 3) comfort, 4) affordability, 5) travel time, and 6) autonomy. Methods: The method paper describes the step-by-step approach to create the MDI as a set of indicators to be rated by people with different access needs to 1) provide evidence of the main criticalities to be addressed through the design and implementation of new inclusive mobility solutions, 2) guide the design of new inclusive mobility solutions and measure their impacts, and 3) inform the transport sector encouraging positive changes in transport by providing recommendations for policy-making, new directions for service innovation, improvements and practical advice or highlighting investment priorities to pave the way for a more inclusive mobility. Results: We present our findings in ways that can inform universal design and provide actionable information to researchers, policymakers, transport and urban planners, operators, and stakeholders’ representatives to promote inclusive and equitable mobility solutions for all. Conclusions: Finally, we suggest follow up research and innovation, as well as recommendations for its uptake and utilisation in the pursuit of European accessibility standards and requirements for products and services in the mobility sector.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/193915/
Document Type:Article
Title:Developing the multi-dimensional mobility divide index (MDI) as a methodology to assess the accessibility level of public transport systems
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
König, AlexandraUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6332-3817UNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Open Research Europe
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:F1000 Research Ltd.
Keywords:disability, barriers, inclusive public transport, Mobility Divide Index (MDI)
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 - VMo4Orte - Vernetzte Mobilität für lebenswerte Orte
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Design and Evaluation of Mobility Solutions, BS
Deposited By: König, Alexandra
Deposited On:23 Feb 2023 14:25
Last Modified:23 Feb 2023 14:25

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