INCLUSION addressed a number of challenges related to the accessibility of public transport in remote urban/rural areas and neighbourhoods. The project investigated the current conditions across a representative set of European prioritised areas, understanding the relevant needs of various vulnerable user and social groups and assessing how novel transport solutions involving social innovation and ICT tools can help raise the level of accessibility, inclusiveness and equity of mobility.
INCLUSION worked towards achieving the following 10 objectives:
To investigate and understand the main characteristics of prioritised areas as well as the relevant factors that influence mobility and accessibility
To identify the user and social groups most exposed to transport accessibility issues and inequality in the different type of areas and undertake a comprehensive analysis of their mobility requirements
To understand how ICT tools, service and social innovation can help individuals to cope with accessibility issues and improve or increase inclusivity and transport equity for the concerned user groups.
To identify and critically assess existing innovative, efficient, affordable, inclusive, equitable and economically viable forms of public transport, with a particular focus on the use of ICT applications and on
transferability potentials for both the prioritised areas and social groups
To undertake experimental validation of innovative elements and ideas aimed to enhance transport accessibility in selected prioritised areas and transport environments for the concerned vulnerable users
To undertake a quantitative assessment of the impacts and a qualitative process evaluation in selected innovative transport solutions validated in the INCLUSION experimental sites
To investigate, develop and consolidate business concepts and models related to the assessed accessible transport options with the aim of transferring these findings to other European contexts
To disseminate and promote the identified innovations, transferable solutions and recommendations with the aim of fostering the adoption of accessible, inclusive and equitable mobility solutions for
European prioritised areas and vulnerable user groups
INCLUSION produced a set of innovative solutions which were tested in the so-called Innovation Pilot Labs, a mix of urban, peri-/sub-urban and rural target areas in Europe:
Among others, results are:
understanding the main transport challenges in different types of prioritised areas.
providing an in-depth examination of ten innovative public transport approaches and a wider catalogue of at least forty case studies of accessible, inclusive and equitable transport solutions.
delivering a set of recommendations and mobility solutions for vulnerable users’ communities.
Rupprecht led the work package involving field and desk research to study and critically assess inclusive mobility options and good practice in 50 case studies across Europe (WP3), as well as leading a task on qualitative process evaluation (WP5) and acting as support partner for VRS (Pilot Lab) in their user needs analysis (WP4).