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City ratifies its commitment to universal access<p>​​The Council today, 29 May 2014, considered and approved the proposed Universal Access Policy. This Universal Access Policy supports the move towards a more inclusive approach to providing physical accessibility to all, and ensures that all new transport infrastructure and transport services will adequately incorporate the principles of universal accessibility.</p>According to data obtained from the Cape Town General Household Survey of 2011, there are 569 179 disabled persons in Cape Town – of whom 296 891 are categorised as severely disabled. This represents almost 15% of the city’s population.<br>Of this group, it is estimated that nearly 44% of employed disabled persons use public transport to get to work and 4,5% of disabled persons walk to work. For those disabled persons attending educational institutions, more than 13% use public transport while almost 53% walk.<br><br>‘Navigating the streets, public transport services and the overall network of Cape Town can be a serious challenge for disabled people. This has resulted in a higher than average portion of this group being denied access to economic opportunities, as well as healthcare and recreational spaces. It is envisioned that this policy will go a long way towards correcting this.<br><br>‘While it is acknowledged that large-scale universal accessibility will take some time to implement, the disabled community has provided invaluable assistance in developing a list of cost-effective, high impact interventions that can be implemented in the short-term. Their input into this and other aspects of the policy has been vital in ensuring the creation of an inclusive and opportunity city for all residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.<br><br>The City is committed to building a caring city where everyone feels at home; where all people have access to services, work opportunities and recreation; and where those who need help receive it. Therefore the City is working to improve the general accessibility of the public transport system for special needs users, many of whom fall within lower income groups.  <br>This Universal Access Policy thus sets out a comprehensive approach to the planning, provision, management, regulation and enforcement of universal access measures for the following transport elements in Cape Town:  <br><br><ul><li>Rail<br></li><li>BRT <br></li><li>Bus <br></li><li>Minibus-taxi<br></li><li>Dial-A-Ride<br></li><li>Metered taxi<br></li><li>Non-motorised transport<br></li><li>Network infrastructure <br></li><li>Facilities<br></li></ul>Furthermore, the policy states that all footways, public transport facilities and crossings should be universally accessible, and that all public staff must be made sensitive to the needs of the disabled.  <br><br>Forming part of the City’s mission to establish a universally accessible city is the universal access audit currently underway – the first project of its kind and scale in South Africa. From 3 February 2014 to date, approximately 1 100 km of sidewalk in the city have been assessed and thus far the audit teams have recorded more than 11 000 barriers such as litter bins, lamp posts and bollards restricting access on these routes to people with disabilities. The City’s objective over the next three years is to audit all of the roads in the city in terms of accessibility to commuters with special needs, even the side roads and the roads in suburbs.<br><br><strong>End<br><br></strong>2014-05-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6f7520d6-357c-4e91-81c3-7ef88e900575;L0|#06f7520d6-357c-4e91-81c3-7ef88e900575|universal access policy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#386e6d11-1c73-4d63-9956-3cc3eab4415f;L0|#0386e6d11-1c73-4d63-9956-3cc3eab4415f|public transport;GP0|#a33ad8c8-56f3-4de4-b0bd-af95fb899e66;L0|#0a33ad8c8-56f3-4de4-b0bd-af95fb899e66|transport for cape town1

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