Space Requirements for Wheeled Mobility Devices in Public Transportation: An Analysis of Clear Floor Space Requirements: (Investing in Accessible Transportation and Mobility ABE60)

D'Souza, C.; Steinfeld, E.; Paquet, V.; Feathers, D.

Transportation Research Record 2145(1): 66-71


ISSN/ISBN: 0361-1981
PMID: 34421187
DOI: 10.3141/2145-08
Accession: 072558814

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Recent research on the anthropometry of wheeled mobility devices and their users (n=369) indicates that the current dimensions for 'clear floor area' prescribed in U.S. accessibility standards for transportation are inadequate for accommodating many users of wheeled mobility devices, especially those that use power chairs and scooters. The current report presents anthropometry data for determining the dimensions of clear floor area based on occupied device length and width to achieve a specified level of physical accommodation. The implications of the findings and the need for revising guidelines for accessible public transportation systems are discussed. It is important that the transportation industry as well as mobility device manufacturers, vendors and prescribers understand the limitations of current standards and becomes involved in the dialogue about how to address the need for improving them.