Every day in a major city, millions of journeys are made by customers with disabilities, by passengers carrying heavy luggage and by people with small children. Hundreds of thousands of journeys are made by people aged over 75.
Ensuring that the bus network continues to be accessible for all is critical for any city’s future
economic prosperity and social cohesion.
There are many different user groups who have different needs with regard to bus stop design. Specific user groups that need special consideration include those customers that use
a wheelchair, have limited mobility, are blind or visually impaired, are hearing impaired, have
learning difficulties and the elderly.
The Assessment Task
This assignment comprises two main deliverables, a Theoretical Discussion and a Design Audit. These two parts are to be joined into a single, professional report by appropriate linking text.
Compare and contrast the term Accessible Design with the related concepts of Universal Design, Inclusive and Participatory Design, and Use ability. You may draw on relevant non-academic as well as academic sources to support your discussion, providing those sources are sufficiently authoritative. (50% of wordcount)
Using the supplied checklist, conduct a Design Audit on a bus stop of your own choosing, highlighting the factors that contribute to or detract from its Accessibility.
Analyse and evaluate the results of your audit against the relevant design standards. Identify any areas for improvement. To add balance, please also identify any areas where you feel the designers should be commended for the approach taken. (50% of wordcount)