Dublin City Council seeks users of wheelchairs and adapted cycles to develop route planner app

Dublin City Council is seeking users of wheelchairs and adapted cycles who use its streets and roads to help develop a route planner for people with reduced mobility in Europe, a project that is co-funded by the EU.

Volunteers are being sought for an initial workshop on May 24, from 12:30 to 2:30 at Pearse Street Library, with lunch provided.

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Users of adapted cycles or wheelchairs who want to get involved are asked to please email Zaira at ActiveTravelOffice@dublincity.ie by May 17 2023 with your dietary requirements.

The council said: “This workshop aims to explore user experiences e.g. travel routines, modes of transport used and obstacles to mobility in the public realm. Information from this workshop will feed into the development of the mobility app.”

The initial workshop is expected to be followed at a future date by collaborative app development and testing, and a final workshop in Autumn 2023.

The council said that the testing is expected to include users “photographing obstacles they encounter in their daily trips, which then will be mapped by GPS. With the information gathered, the app aims to provide more accessible travel routes.”

The project is part of Dublin City Council’s Active Travel office participation in a European project called FOLLOW. The project includes partners across different parts of Europe including mobility research hub Carnet in Barcelona, the Eindhoven University of Technology, the city region of Brest Metropole in France, app developer Streetco, and French mobility-as-a-service company Instant System.

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