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Guideline on barrier-free transport in China

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Accessibility and barrier free infrastructures and environments are important indicators for sustainable development. In particular in cities, people who experience disabilities, often face challenges and discrimination regarding the equal participation in using the urban public spaces or infrastructures. This counts especially for public transportation systems. It is often difficult for people with disabilities but also to the elderly to enter subways, railway stations or similar facilities, as these are often not equipped with corresponding facilities, such as elevators, ramps or blind and deaf-friendly signage.

To ensure a barrier free development of transportation infrastructure, related facilities and travels, China published a guideline on improving transportation services for the elderly and the disabled. The guideline was jointly released by the MOT, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the China Disabled Persons’ Federation and four other departments on January 12th, 2018. By this China sets up a guiding framework for the establishment of a service system for barrier-free transport by 2020.

The guideline is translated by the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) project, which is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Download link: 2018 Translation GIZ Guideline on barrier-free transport China

Sebastian Ibold works as Project Manager in the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport. He is responsible for the coordination of project activities linked to low carbon urban transport. Before joining GIZ, he worked as an urban planner and urban designer for American Aecom and German ISA and AS&P. His professional work experience covers strategic planning, land use and infrastructure planning, smart city and transit-oriented development planning. Sebastian holds a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus. Contact:, +86 (0) 10 8527 5589 ext. 402

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