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Title:Learning from the Travel Experiences of Persons with Disabilities: Investigating Navigation Challenges Posed by Infrastructure
Principal Investigators:Manish Shirgaokar and Wesley Marshall
University:University of Colorado Denver
Grant #:69A3551747108 (FAST Act)
Project #:MPC-614
RiP #:01732550
RH Display ID:154557
Keywords:accessibility, infrastructure, mobile applications, persons with disabilities, regression analysis, smartphones, spatial analysis, surveys, travel behavior, urban areas


Vision Zero has captured the imagination of policy makers, arguably led by a large volume of research in the last two decades that focuses on bicycling and pedestrian travel. Yet most streets in the US remain inhospitable to sustainable transportation modes. For this project, we contend that if cities were to make streets safe for the most vulnerable section of our society, we would naturally extend these benefits to all other groups. We focus on people with disabilities for this project. Our objective is to understand the average daily travel of people with disabilities in the urban environment.

We rely on people with disabilities over 18 years of age, recruited from several advocacy groups in the Denver Metro Region for this study. We conduct in-depth interviews with the purposive sample to learn more about opinions on barriers to daily travel.

We analyze the interview corpus using thematic content identification. The practical outcomes of our study are to identify actionable items for ADA standards related to sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, and other basic infrastructure.

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