We were delighted to present the MobiliCity initiative at OrganiCity’s launch event yesterday evening at Future Cities Catapult. We talked about our experiment, which aims to engage citizens and contribute to improve the accessibility of London’s transport network for mobility-impaired citizens – in particular disabled people, but also users that may find it difficult to travel around steps, for instance the elderly, or pushchair users.
The concept behind OrganiCity, a European Commission programme which funds our experiment, is to keep citizens at the core of the city’s growth – to be smart, cities must develop around the needs of citizens and enable citizen action.
The event was also an opportunity to share experiences with other teams. Many of us agreed on the crucial importance of public participation and getting volunteers to the success of the experiments – we need you! We are looking for volunteers who, for any reason, find it difficult to physically access public transport to use our app and contribute to our dataset.
Our app, which we are planning to launch in Mid-January 2017, will track the trajectories of our volunteers (completely anonymously) as they use the London transport network over a three-month period. Volunteers will also be able to make comments on their journeys and offer suggestions as they travel.
We will then use the data to infer “mobility black spots” along the network - zones which can be identified as key areas of inaccessibility. We will report our findings to authorities responsible for areas of difficulty, including TfL, Network Rail and London Boroughs, with recommendations for improvements.
All data gathered remains anonymous and complies with EU privacy policies. If you believe you can help please get in contact (link to contact us page) or register your interest (link to our registration page) on our website.