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MyCiTi’s universal access rated among the best in the world<p>​Transport for Cape Town has set a very high standard for universal access to ensure ease of accessibility for our passengers with special needs.</p><div>In fact, on 27 February 2014, MyCiTi’s Universal Accessibility Policy received an award in Vienna for being one of the most innovative policies in the world in terms of ensuring that all special needs passengers can make use of the service. </div><div><br></div><div>The decision to use low-floor buses for all future roll-outs of the MyCiTi service reflects the City’s commitment to evolving the service as it is much easier for the disabled community to board these buses. It speaks of the City’s commitment to building a caring city where people with special needs can travel on the MyCiTi service to gain access to economic opportunities, healthcare facilities, recreational spaces and social amenities.</div><div><br></div><div>The City has been informed about a group of passengers in wheelchairs who wanted to make use of the MyCiTi N2 Express service in Mitchells Plain this morning, 11 July 2014. Unfortunately these passengers could not travel all at once as the 12-metre low floor-buses and 9-metre low-floor buses that are being utilised for the N2 Express service are designed to accommodate only one passenger in a wheelchair at a time. The 18-metre low-floor buses that will be operational during the second phase of the N2 Express service to be rolled out in the latter part of the year will be able to accommodate two passengers in wheelchairs. </div><div><br></div><div>Importantly, the specifications of these buses are in terms of SABS standards and in accordance with universal access requirements. It should be noted that six ordinary bus seats have to be removed in order to create enough space for one wheelchair on a MyCiTi bus. The buses are also equipped with reflective stripping, assisting passengers who are partially sighted. </div><div><br></div><div>Furthermore the City of Cape Town is the only metro in South Africa that meets the national regulations in terms of universal access.</div><div><br></div><div>The City’s commitment to improving on universal accessibility is further illustrated through Council’s adoption of the Universal Access Policy on 24 April 2014. This policy outlines an inclusive approach to providing physical accessibility to all and ensuring that all new transport infrastructure and transport services will adequately incorporate the principles of universal accessibility.</div><div><br></div><div>The policy states that all footways, public transport facilities and crossings should be universally accessible, and that all public staff will be made sensitive to the needs of the disabled.  </div><div><br></div><div>Forming part of the endeavour 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. </div><div><br></div><div>Not only is this audit about measuring how independently commuters with special needs can travel on the City’s Integrated Rapid Transport system, the data obtained will be used to provide commuters with pre-travel information on the routes and choices best suited to their needs. The City will also use this data to guide future upgrades and to identify priority areas where the shortcomings have to be addressed first.</div><div><br></div><div>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 our suburbs. We acknowledge that large-scale universal accessibility will take some time to implement, but this will not deter us from the task at hand. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End<br><br></strong></div><div><br></div>2014-07-10T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#d9e618bd-6430-4eb7-88a6-a43a2fcaf953;L0|#0d9e618bd-6430-4eb7-88a6-a43a2fcaf953|Brett Herron;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ce03aded-5ee9-4610-9ef4-c0b676e202ea;L0|#0ce03aded-5ee9-4610-9ef4-c0b676e202ea|MyCiTi;GP0|#483c001d-5b87-47ef-ac4e-8d1982d77827;L0|#0483c001d-5b87-47ef-ac4e-8d1982d77827|TCT1


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