Information for public, private & paratransit agencies & school districts
What is the Current Wheelchair Transportation Standard?
- WC19 harmonizes in large part with the ISO standard (International Standards Organization), ISO 7176-19 on transit safe wheelchairs. You can learn more about the ISO-WG6 taskgroup which developed the international standard for wheelchair transportation safety on the Standards section of this website. To the extent possible American and International standards are identical, however, in this instance there are some differences. The ISO 7176-19 standard can be purchased in the ISO store at: http://www.iso.org/
- This Ride Safe brochure can be downloaded in PDF format brochure so it can be downloaded and printed on a color printer for distribution to others.
- Printed copies of this brochure can also be requested from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute by telephone at 734-764-2171 or by e-mail: email@example.com
Safe Transportation Presentation
The PDF below contains slides from a presentation given by Dr. Larry Schneider at a meeting of the midwest chapter of the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) on March 7, 2015 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Public and Community Transportation
- National Highway Transportation Safety Administration - search on "wheelchair transportation."
- American Public Transit Association - the trade association for public transportation providers.
- The Access Committee of the Board of Directors
- SAFETEA-LU (The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users is a transportation initiative signed into law on August 10, 2005 and will be in effect until 2009 - See the SAFETEA-LUresource pages at the APTA.
- The Transit Cooperative Research Program - The APTA partners with other organizations to offer research and reports that cover many aspects of public transportation. The collection includes: original research, new data collection, and analysis of solutions for existing problems. Reports are in the form of handbooks, design manuals, analysis tools and some contain spread sheets and check lists so they are ready to be useful tools for the transportation industry. Look for resources in print, on CD, or on the web in PDF format.
- Community Transit Association
- Easter Seals Project Action - Mission: Accessible Community Transportation for our Nation
- National Center for Accessible Transportation at Oregon State
- Transportation Research Board - a division of the National Research Council, an advisor to the Federal Government
- Paratransit Fact Sheet - at the Amputee Coalition of America
- Accessible Rural Transportation - at the Assn for Rural Independent Living
Videos and Training Materials
Future Trends: Wheelchair Securement in Large Transit Vehicles
- Rearward Facing Systems - standards are in development for this system that will allow for independent maneuvering into a rear-facing compartment that will eliminate the need for wheelchair tiedown systems.
- Automated Docking Systems - a standard has been developed for the geometry of this type of system. The standard will allow wheelchair manufacturers to build a universal bracket into wheelchairs that will allow the use of automated, independently operated, wheelchair docks.
Successfully Crash-Tested Wheelchairs, Seating Systems, and WTORS
Link to an up-to-date listing of all successfully crash-tested products along with links to the manufacturer’s homepage and the internal contact person for transportation standards. New models are always being added to this frequently updated page.
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