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What is 'micro-mobility'?
It is a broad term for transportation small and lightweight vehicles typically operating at speeds of 25km/hour or less. These devices are mostly used for personal use and include peddle bikes, motorized scooters, e-bicycles, and more. Micro-mobility offers an alternative to traditional transportation (cars, trains, buses) in cities, communities, and on public multi-use trails.
Interest is growing for micro-mobility, especially with bike-sharing programs popping in cities all over the world. These devices can help people get to work, enjoy outdoor activities, visit family and friends, go local shopping, visit libraries, and so much more.
When majority of people think of these micro-mobility devices, they think that a young physically abled population are the only people using them. The AIM project will be researching the interest and needs for people with disabilities and older adults in micro-mobility. Adaptive micro-mobility is devices that have been modified or created based on the needs of people with varying abilities and disabilities.
We know "walkable cities" and "the 15-minute city" are current and hot topics in cities around the world. At Access 2 Accessibility we believe in "Movable Inclusive Cities & Communities" (MICC) where people of all abilities and ages can freely move around their cities and communities with independence using the transportation device of their choice.
We have completed Phase 1 and have learned that many people who are not part of the micro-mobility or active transportation industry do not really know the term "micro-mobility" and fewer knew what "adaptive micro-mobility" means.
Phase 2 will:
Phase 2 public consultations in Autumn 2023 will be published on our Events Page once they become available on. Click here to learn about these and other Access 2 Accessibility events: Events Page
Thanks to the Port Credit Community Foundation's funding in 2023 Access 2 Accessibility launched its pilot research project Adaptive & Inclusive Micro-mobility (AIM) in Port Credit, Mississauga.
In January 2023 the 6-month pilot project began by developing a strong committee with Stakeholders and community members in the micro-mobility, cycling, and disability communities.
Then we focused on public consultations and community presentations / awareness in both virtual and in-person forums. These were coupled with a survey to get a sense of people's understanding of micro-mobility and adaptive micro-mobility.
We would like to hear from you for any of the following:
Please contact us by email at: AIM@Access2Accessibility.com
Upcoming public consultations can be found by clicking on: Events Page.
To learn more about the Port Credit Community Foundation please click on the link below:
As with any project its success comes from the team leading the project. Adaptive & Inclusive Micro-mobility program has a knowledgeable and experienced team.
We welcome more Citizen members and Stakeholders, who do not have a conflict of interest (i.e., own or work for private for-profit organizations) to join our committee or come volunteer with us.
Email us at: AIM@Access2Accessibility.com
2023 Committee Members
Access 2 Accessibility Members
An on-the-go foldable scooter is great for people with various disabilities and older adults to get around in their city or town, or just to visit family and friends. Being foldable means these fits easily in a car, and then when at a multi-use trail people can join others on the trails even if they have some mobility issues
The Wheelchair Tandem Bicycle, also known as the Companion Bike, is pictured here with a young woman pedaling this tandem bike which has an an older lady in the wheelchair attached to the front of the tandem bike.
Scooting around in a powered electric scooter provides freedom for older adults and people with limited mobility issues.
People with disabilities and older adults can use this off-road bike on multi-use trails and even in some rough terrain. The bike in the picture has fat-wheels at the front and back; plus two balancing wheels attached to the back wheel. Becoming older or incurring some mobility issues does not mean you cannot go back out into the great outdoors. Adaptive bikes can let you enjoy your outings again.
This is a great option of micro-mobility, especially for people who have limited walking capacity or strength; or who have breathing issues such as COPD.
Here is an example of a hand-pedal bike. In the picture is an adult little person riding a 3 wheeler bike with adapted handle bars as using the foot peddles are not accessible.
Thank you to the Port Credit Community Foundation for Funding Phase 1 of Adaptive & Inclusive Micro-mobility.
If you wish to help support this project or other Access 2 Accessibility's programs. Your contributions will enable A2A to continue to provide programs and resources for people with disabilities and older adults, free or low cost.