ALERT – HI-UITP report on safe and accessible public transport

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Humanity & Inclusion and UITP (the international organisation for public transport authorities and operators) released a joint report, accompanied by a synthetic leaflet, on “Making SDG 11.2 a reality: Safe and accessible public transport for all”.

©Johanna de Tessières / Handicap International
©Johanna de Tessières/ Handicap International

Download the Reportaccessible report

Download the Leafletaccessible leaflet

Cities offer opportunities for creating accessible and affordable public transport systems. The challenge has never been more pressing in our growing and increasingly fast paced cities where access to public transport is a key factor for mobility and social inclusion. In this regard, the public transport sector has an important role to play, to ensure that 100% of citizens can move as smoothly as possible in their environment.

Building on evidence and case-studies, the Report conveys the key message that improving road safety and enabling accessibility is a central factor to realising the rights of all citizens, including the 1 billion people living with a disability. Specific recommendations for decision-makers are set to inspire their actions towards safer and more accessible public transport and urban infrastructures.

SDG target 11.2 sets to provide access to “safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”. The 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the New Urban Agenda also includes various provisions related to the issues covered by SDG 11.  However, the lack of inclusive mobility system still participates in denying persons in vulnerable situations, including persons with disabilities, the opportunity to get to school or university, have decent employment, reach health care services, and in general engage in public life.

As a matter of fact, improving access to transport and mobility should not be understood as an end goal itself but rather as contributing to a broader goal that is the increased participation of everyone in their communities, and the building of more cohesive societies. The work around SDG 11 has the potential to promote implementation of a wider range of CRPD articles and SDGs (on education, employment, gender equality…).

In addition, travelling by public transport is ten times safer per mile than travelling by car; as such implementing SDG 11.2 will make a significant contribution to SDG 3.6, which aims at halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

At the UN Habitat Assembly, this week, Member States and multilateral stakeholders will assess progresses and gaps in implementing SDG 11. We urge the UN Habitat Assembly to prioritise inclusive mobility, embed it in the next UN Habitat’s strategy, and stimulate stronger commitments in this regard by national and local authorities.