Bus Connects: Elderly, Blind And Wheelchair Users Worried Over Safety Of 'İsland' Stops İn Radical Plan - Independent.İe

Bus Connects: Elderly, Blind And Wheelchair Users Worried Over Safety Of 'İsland' Stops İn Radical Plan - Independent.İe

Bus Connects: Elderly, blind and wheelchair users worried over safety of 'island' stops in radical plan - Independent.ie

Elderly, blind and wheelchair users worried over safety of 'island' stops in Bus Connects plan

10.9.2019

Elderly, blind and wheelchair users worried over safety of 'island' stops in Bus Connects plan

The elderly, wheelchair users and blind people have all raised concerns about the Bus Connects plan, particularly the creation of many 'island' bus stops.

"A great concern to callers to our helpline is that all buses should continue to disembark directly at the kerb, and thus remove any concerns for older people to have to step down onto the road or in a cycle lane," said a spokesperson for Age Action Ireland (AAI).

"There are concerns about proposed changes to current direct and often high frequency routes to hospitals.

"It is not yet clear how any changes to an orbital system will impact upon commuters, particularly older people and those with limited mobility. Age Action therefore suggests that any new system is introduced on a phased basis," said the spokesperson.

"The fact that there is only one wheelchair spot per bus will cause significant issues. If all passengers, including multiple wheelchair users, are required to transfer to that single bus, many wheelchair users will be stranded," the IWA points out.

"If you are getting a bus from Marino, for example, on a route that you will need to switch, wheelchair users are going to be stuck waiting in all kinds of weather," he said.

"If you are trying to get off the bus, a narrow path can make it really difficult. I won't be able to turn my chair, my chair might get damaged, or I might not be able to get off the bus, full stop," he said.

"Currently, Bus Connects stops are being designed like an island, with a cycle lane circling around the stop.

"The creation of so-called 'island bus stops' is gravely concerning to the NCBI. This is borne out of the fact that it would result in pedestrians, including those who are blind and vision-impaired, having to walk across a cycle track to board or alight a bus," the NCBI said in its submission.

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