Public transport is for everyone
Urban congestion can be addressed by encouraging high-quality and innovative energy efficient public transport, including integration with other transport modes.
In the field of collective passenger transport CIVITAS cities have worked on intermodality; service improvements; better ticketing and tariffing; and accessibility. This highlightfocuses on the last of these.
Accessibility pertains to the quality of being accessible or ofadmitting approach. It particularly looks into the accessibility of regular public transport to people with reduced mobility, lower income groups, school students and senior citizens.
Another important issue is the accessibility of public transport to cyclists with their bikes. Waterborne solutions can be considered as well to make certain areas more accessible. For those who are not fit to drive and do not have access to regular public transport, demand-responsive buses or minivans are the key to preventing social exclusion.
CIVITAS encourages new ways to maximise the potential of local public transportsystems. The CIVITAS Initiative has realised 20 innovative measures in 15 different European cities with regard to a better accessibility of public transport from 2002 to 2012.Read the CIVITAS highlight on accessibility to learn about some of the most successful and eye-catching among these to inspire other European cities.