Comfortable, safe and reliable.
That is what characterises the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) busses and the dedicated routes on the first phase of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN).
Wednesday, last week, saw scores of people living with disabilities boarding the busses at RTJ Namane Drive in Tembisa to test their readiness in accommodating wheelchair-bound, blind and deaf passengers.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport and Planning, Clr Petrus Mabunda, led the demonstration and feedback session that followed in terms of the Universal Design Access Plan (UDAP).
The UDAP stipulates guidelines and principles on how to cater for people living with disabilities by considering factors such as equal access for use of people with various conditions and disabilities, flexibility, simplicity, effective communication, the need to use minimal effort when accessing busses and suitable space and size.
Zanele Zwane is wheelchair bound and expressed relief upon upon embarking on the BRT bus with ease.
“For me it has always been a challenge to use public transport as I dreaded asking people to assist me to get into a taxi or a bus,” she said.
“These busses now will bring so much relief to me and many other people living with different types of disabilities because they are easily accessible and convenient.”
Furthermore, the city’s IRPTN makes provision for the Non-Motorised Transportation Plan.
This plan intends to guide efforts in improving safety for cyclists and walking conditions especially for people with disabilities.