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Improving access to urban spaces

How can routes be designed to be suitable for people with reduced mobility?


Currently in France, finding places to go out or operating outside specially adapted routes is something of a mine field for over 12 million disabled people and their carers, as well as for people who are suffering from temporary reduced mobility.



people in central Paris with disabilities,

plus people with temporarily reduced mobility (pushchair users, the elderly, etc.)



BNP Paribas Real Estate and the City of Paris decided to partner with the startup WEGOTO to develop a route planner to meet the various mobility needs of people with disabilities. WEGOTO analysed and integrated numerous datasets provided by the City of Paris and BNP Paribas, including building works data, pavement obstacles, facilities in public premises, and audible pedestrian crossing signals. The application makes it possible to plan a route with directions which is appropriate both to the type of disability and the user’s priorities.



WEGOTO collects interoperable urban geographical data for non-motorised mobility (pedestrians, cyclists, people with disabilities, etc.) and for all travel within the urban area. WEGOTO collects and processes the data using a threefold combination of hardware, software and human operatives. Over 100 datapoints per second are automatically recorded and pre-processed for optimal accuracy to create a route for general or professional users (delivery drivers, highway maintenance crews, law enforcement officers, etc.).





The WEGOTO startup used the data provided by the City of Paris and BNP Paribas Paris Real Estate to develop an app which allows the user to find destinations and routes which match their requirements, both in terms of their disability and their mobility needs. The interface offers both real-time directions factoring in obstacles, and information about accessible destinations. This app will offer a greater degree of independence to people with disabilities, increase uptake of public transport, and reduce the pressure on certain services such as the PAM75 door-to-door transport service.



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