Inclusive mobility: towards mobility for all
The ability to travel is not the same for all citizens, more than 10% of the French population is concerned by problems of access to mobility. And the existing offers are unevenly distributed creating social and territorial divides.
The panel for people with reduced mobility
Often associated with people in wheelchairs, people with reduced mobility actually represent a much wider range of people: the elderly, the overweight, the injured, the recovering, the rehabilitated, the pregnant… and we go on. Whether it is you or someone you know, you are bound to know someone with reduced mobility. In fact, it is very likely that you have been or will be disabled at some point in your life.
Some people even go a step further and add to this list all the elements of everyday life that may cause you to have a mobility impairment at some point. Have you ever found yourself with those shopping bags that are far too heavy for you? Have you ever found yourself exhausted at an airport with those bulky suitcases?
Finally, reduced mobility can come from one’s own condition as well as from an external condition.
What is inclusive mobility?
Mobility accessible to all, known as “inclusive”, aims to offer transport solutions for all those excluded from access to mobility. It is a key factor for social inclusion that allows people to live their lives as citizens to the full.
The challenges of inclusive mobility
A lack of mobility impacts one’s life on multiple levels and during different uses :
- Problems with social connections: How do you get around to friends, partners, family? Going for a drink in town? Going to the cinema?
- Professional problems: How to get to your workplace? Not being late for appointments because you use complicated means of transport? With complicated routes that can make us late? In addition, people with strong mobility problems may be discriminated against in hiring because “it’s too complicated to manage”.
- Sedentary problems: Sedentary lifestyle is known to cause many psychological disorders (anxiety/depression/neurosis…)
- Leisure problems: How to walk around, enjoy sources of leisure like everyone else?
- Problems of autonomy in everyday life: Doing your shopping, going to the post office, to the hairdresser…
Some live far away from urban areas and have difficulties in using the facilities and services dedicated to transport. A social and territorial divide often badly experienced by people with reduced mobility who often need special arrangements or accompaniment.
If Benur is an inclusive solution designed for a maximum of people with reduced mobility, it is not the only one! We are convinced that tomorrow’s mobility will be achieved through a complementarity of solutions, and that each person is able to decide for themselves what suits them best.
Adapted scooters, third wheels, handbikes… It’s up to each person to choose his or her own means of transport for travel.
And if we are fervent defenders of soft mobility, we can even understand that carbon-based solutions are useful for certain types of travel.
You are the only master of your mobility!