Disability-inclusive transport: Leaving no one behind in the Age of Active Travel
The co-benefits of active travel are widely acknowledged but ‘blind spots’ in transport systems undermine these opportunities for people differently challenged by built environments. Using case studies from the Inclusive Streetscapes project engaging people living with disabilities and kaumātua/older residents in Auckland, New Zealand, this seminar explores the nexus between how ethnically and socio-economically diverse communities construct the meaning, value, and challenges of getting about, and transport sector responses relating to access and inclusivity. The study identifies impacts of infrastructure violence, varying perspectives on safety and access, and important implications for policy and practice in disability-inclusive transport systems.
About the Speaker
Shanthi Ameratunga is a Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. A pediatrician and public health physician by training, her research addresses inequities in health outcomes due to barriers in physical, social and health care environments, with a particular focus on injury, trauma, and people with disabilities.