Improved mobility is a crucial and necessary element in alleviating poverty throughout the developing world and countries in transition as it can allow those with disabilities to play an active role in society both economically and socially. This paper describes examples of practical but low cost demonstration projects that have been designed and implemented in Pune, India; Maputo, Mozambique; and Blantyre, Malawi as part of a larger research project examining accessibility to public transport for people with disabilities in the developing world. The demonstration projects included improvements to bus shelters, safer street crossings, accessible footways, bus entry and driver training. Prior to and following implementation of the projects both non-disabled and disabled travellers were interviewed in respect of ease of travel. The results, both positive and negative, have been incorporated into the guidelines (Overseas Road Note 21), which were published in March 2004.
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Venter, C.J.; Maunder, D.A.C.; Stone, J.; Venkatesh, A.; de Deus, K.; Munthali, D.A. Practical solutions for transport access of urban residents with disabilities. (2004)