This academic article provides a comprehensive report on a study using radio frequency technology to track the paths pedestrians with and without disability are taking in their daily travels across the city. The aim is to identify places that are avoided or not frequented by both groups, and then to find out why.
The best explanation about the study is in the Conclusions: “The method determines the routes that are regularly chosen by people with and without disabilities and compares them to obtain valuable information. From this information, we can analyze and qualify the urban spaces and detect the occurrence of barriers for pedestrian movement created by different factors such as deficiencies in buildings, city degradation, or poor application of the accessibility regulations.
In addition, the proposed method can check citizen behavior for accessibility city actions performed and analyze the dynamic evolution of these actions over time. For example, we can detect urban spaces or routes that are highly frequented by disabled people or accessible urban spaces, temporally, or with certain frequency, that have become inaccessible urban spaces. The results obtained perform checking if the accessibility urban actions taken have had the desired effects, allowing urban integration and city sustainability. These approaches establish fundamental mechanisms for tracing and controlling effective citizen accessibility by ensuring continuous evaluation and maintenance in the city.”