Scott Crawford hasn’t driven a car in 20 years. A retired clinical neuropsychologist, Crawford relocated from Miami to his hometown of Jackson, Miss., in 2006, seven years after developing primary progressive multiple sclerosis. When his illness put him in a wheelchair, the bus became his lifeline, that is, when it didn’t leave him behind, which happened often and sometimes still does.
Google has announced a new, welcome, and no doubt long-asked-for feature to its Maps app: wheelchair accessibility info. Businesses and points of interest featuring accessible entrances, bathrooms, and other features will now be prominently marked as such.
Project Sidewalk, gathers data on inaccessible sidewalks via Google Street View to create new applications around accessibility for local governments and communities.
Protected bike lanes and intersections are important for bike and pedestrian safety, but what about people who have physical challenges or visual impairments?
INIT Innovations in Transportation, which has developed software for use with buses, light rail, and trains since 1999, designed ASSISTIVEtravel, passenger information, and journey planning app.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that over two miles of Market Street — which she calls the “everyday backbone of the City” — is now car-free to help create space “made for people.”
The MTA is testing more than a dozen new ways to help disabled commuters at Brooklyn’s busy Jay St/MetroTech subway station, and the agency hopes riders will give them input on what works and what doesn’t.
On a brisk autumn day in mid-November, Jose waits for the Columbus city bus with his caregiver, Joshua Cook, associate director of ARC Industries, a service organization for people with disabilities. Jose, whose last name will not be disclosed for protection purposes, is a middle-aged man with vision impairments.
Airlines would be required to improve accessibility for travelers with disabilities on more of their planes under a new federal proposal.