Cities around the country are improving accessibility for low income people to use electric cars through car sharing programs.
In November of 2016, while on San Francisco Bay Area’s Rapid Transit System (BART), a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent was verbally harassed by an Islamophobic passenger. The incident, which was captured on video, moved a group of Bay Area locals to start a crowdfunded poster campaign to combat xenophobic harassment on public transit.
Portland, known for its impressive bike share efforts, is expanding its Biketown program to be more inclusive of riders with disabilities. The city has interviewed this segment of riders to understand their specific needs and is working to implement a plan that provides them with more mobility options.
If mobility without limits is the goal, that not only has to include people of all abilities/disabilities, but also people of every economic and cultural background. Public transit set up in the right way can have a tremendously positive impact on communities that include many people and families who can’t afford to travel in any other way.
Designing environments with all types of people in mind is instrumental to establishing a sustainable community.