Urban accessibility has been traditionally associated to the bigger and smaller amount of transportation, from the urban mobility perspective this is seen as a reductionist conception of the concept.
This happens because mobility means more than travelling from the point A to the point B, it also includes the different experiences and consequences lived by the commuters and not commuters.
So, the urban accessibility does not only imply to reach the transportation but also to reach the localization and the distribution of some key activities.
Nowadays it is essential for cities to provide their citizens with the better accessibility possible, for that they create new infrastructures for bicycles, buses, tramways, subways, etc.
Improving the accessibility of the cities can create more efficient public transportation, what directly leads to a bigger use of the public transportation by the citizens, and this can create several benefits for the city in general.
Advantages of platforms at bus stops.
A really good example is the use of platforms at bus stops that not only make easier for the commuters to get into the bus, but also for the bus driver to get in to the top, without the need of difficult maneuvers.
It has been shown that this has encouraged citizens to leave their cars at home and use the bus for short trips inside the city.
The use of the bus for those trips has some advantages such as:
1. Is less stressful. Rather than driving in traffic, you can use the time that you spend moving from one place to another by bus to do other things, such as reading, advancing some work, taking a nap, listening to music, doing important phone calls, etc.
2. Travelling by bus is cheaper than owning and operating a car.
3. Reduces pollution and road congestion – the more people who travel by bus, the fewer cars on the road.
4. You do not need to look for a place to park your card.
5. You can also meet new people in your trips.
6. In is one of the most secure means of transportation due to the experience that the drivers of a bus must have, and the road regulations that they must respect.
7. The use of buses that lead to the reduction of private car on the streets of our cities also reduces the acoustic contamination.
These advantages and others can be achieved by improving the urban accessibility of our countries.
But this it is a circular process: the more people that uses public transportation the better urban accessibility will be (because of the demand of the citizens), while at the same time, the better the urban accessibility is the bigger will be the amount of the users of this infrastructures.