Pre-Mobility Session 1

Task One

Create a definition for “mobility”

Type “mobility” into a Google search engine and select one image that will best help you to explain what mobility means.

Yun Ya:

Definition: Mobility is the ability to complete actions easily

Eugenie:

Definition: Mobility is the ability to move around, whether it is by yourself or through the help of a transportation vehicle

Jade:

Definition: Mobility is the ability to move from place to place with or without the help of others and vehicles

Olivia:

Definition: Ability to move or be moved from place to place easily

Task Two

Read/view and discuss the core reading

What moves?

1. People move from point to point, location to location. Objects also move according to how and where we use them. Can you think of other examples of objects that move that help to improve efficiency or the quality of a person’s life?

  • Elevators
  • Escalator
  • Conveyor belt
  • Travelator
  • Cars
  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Vans/Trucks/Lorries
  • Planes
  • Ships

2. How do we know how mobile something or someone is? How easy is it to move something? How fast can it move?

Depending on

  • the speed of movement
  • the time taken to complete an action
  • the flow of movement
  • the amount of effort taken to complete an action

3. What is a mobility device? What examples can you think of? What about a wheelchair that allows people to stand up?

  • Wheelchairs
  • PMDs (electric scooters, bicycles)
  • Crutches
  • Stretchers

4. Is mobility only important to the elderly or people with disabilities? How about in this area (car-lite society)?

  • No, mobility is part of everyone’s lives and needed to perform everyday activities.
  • Everyone should have the freedom to move.
  • Thus it is important to everyone.
  • Important in becoming a car-lite society – if mobility is accessible then there is no need for cars. There is also help from PMDs

Accessibility

1. What is the best way to get from one point to another? Does it have to be the fastest way? What about the shortest way? How else do we decide whether it is a good way to move from one point to another?

The best way to get from one point to another depends on several factors:

  • Time taken to get from one point to another
  • Distance (should be proportionate to time)
  • Safety

Vehicular transport and systems

1. Current examples of vehicles and amenities that increase accessibility for different people: Wheelchair-friendly buses, Family-friendly parking lots, Cycling lanes. What other examples can you think of? What other types of accessibility do we need in Singapore? Do you think there are sufficient amenities to improve accessibility for everyone?

  • For wheelchair users: ramps, lifts,
  • For the visually-impaired: rails, Braille, markings on the ground
  • For the hearing-impaired: announcements in louder volume, sign language classes
  • For the mute: sign language classes
  • There are amenities to improve accessibility. However, adding amenities (like Braille) to places where people usually go to (like restaurants, hawker centres, etc) so that it is more inclusive and accessible for them.

2. Promoting mobility increases accessibility for different people. But can mobility be misused as a result?

  • Yes, PMDs are now widely used in Singapore and many problems have arisen from it:
  • Speeding
  • Illegal driving on roads
  • Increased rate of accidents due to PMDs
  • Inconsiderate parking of vehicles that block ways
  • The misuse of mobility devices could cause able-bodied people to become lazy

3. What can we learn from China’s plans for an intelligent transportation network?

  • We learnt that everyone (citizens, government, etc) has to work together to make transport more accessible.
  • When transportation problem arises, we cannot go immediately into the problem and solve it at once. We have to dig deeper into the problem through investigation and surveys, which is what the China government is doing for the smart transportation network.
  • By solving the main roots of the problem, we can instantly prevent any problems that arises from the main problems.

Task Three

With your IDS group, create a mind-map to summarise what you have learnt from the discussion on the core readings and videos.

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