Launched last month, InclusiveSpaces seeks to redefine the way we approach and create our built environments, ensuring they are inclusive and safe for people living with disabilities and empowering individuals in vulnerable situations. The project aims to standardize and digitize design frameworks, fostering a transition to a more inclusive and climate-friendly built environment. Coordinated by cambiaMO, the Horizon Europe initiative will focus on creating more inclusive, equitable, sustainable and climate change adaptive infrastructure through collaborative design and social innovation.

In alignment with the European Commission’s targets to improve the inclusivity and sustainability of urban spaces in response to growing social and environmental challenges, InclusiveSpaces is dedicated to developing innovative solutions that foster universal design principles, empower diverse target groups, and encourage climate-friendly practices. A key objective is to involve people with disabilities and older adults in the design process.
The project will develop advanced climate-friendly assistive technologies, as well as five essential planning and design tools to enhance accessibility and comfort. These tools include:

• a travel demand data collection and evaluation of accessibility tool;
• a comfort-based accessibility mapping tool;
• an accessibility routing tool tailored to visually impaired and mobility-impaired individuals;
• a first-of-its-kind digitized tool for conducting accessibility audits in buildings and public spaces;
• and a Universal Design Manual for the Built Environment, including Mobility Hubs.

InclusiveSpaces will also develop advanced assistive technologies, including:

• a Mobility Kiosk: Offering shared electric wheelchairs powered by solar panels to enhance mobility for people with disabilities.
• a Beach and Waterfront Accessibility Device: Improving access to beaches and waterfronts.
• an Upright Tricycle: Providing inclusive personal mobility options for individuals with reduced mobility.
• Indoor and Outdoor Assistive Technologies: Enhancing overall accessibility and mobility for people with disabilities.

These tools and technologies will be tested and evaluated in real-world scenarios across six European cities: Athens-Penteli, Geneva, Madrid, Larnaka, Hamburg and Budapest. The insights will be translated into actionable policies and recommendations.

InclusiveSpaces is the newest project in ERTICO’s Urban Mobility focus area. ERTICO will lead the project’s Dissemination and Communication activities and will also be significantly involved in the work packages related to evaluation and recommendations.

The project, which has a duration of 36 months, marked its commencement officially in Madrid last week (18-19 June). All 17 organisations of the project’s consortium, including ERTICO, attended the kick-off meeting.

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