The Italy of paradoxes: the more technology grows (the self-driving car will arrive), the less accessible mobility becomes. If we do not reverse the course in the next 40 years, if we do not proceed from now to the study of solutions aimed at integration and technology, the usability of public transport and cities will be reduced to the detriment of the most fragile people by condition or the growing of age. This is demonstrated by the study carried out by the Unipolis Foundation, in collaboration with the ANGLAT (National Association for Handicapped Transport Legislation), which projects the analysis forward until 2060.

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Accomplice a minor birth and a lengthening of life, by that date, people with disabilities or reduced mobility will grow by 25% from 2.8 million today to almost 4. In particular, the number of people with disabilities over 64 will increase by 51% (from 2 to 3 million) and, among these, those over 74 will go from 1.5 to 2.5 million. There will be one million special driving licenses in circulation also thanks to the improvement of numerous adaptations to driving which in the last 20 years have undergone an incredible evolution allowing people with important frailties to become autonomous. And almost 2 million people with special needs will use the public transport service.

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In the face of these numbers for, says the study presented on the occasion of the European Mobility Week 2020 and as part of the ASviS Sustainable Development Festival, the denied right to sustainable mobility for people with disabilities will be aggravated in 2060 if Italy does not decisively choose the path of sustainable development. This translates into a further effort towards technologies, such as connected and intelligent roads, self-driving cars, and a sustainable policy by creating a public / private ecosystem capable of interacting and supporting each other. Choices that should be set right now, even perhaps through the now famous Recovery Fund that Europe will bestow, after the presentation of credible projects, starting from 2021.

Choices that will benefit all people: Accessibility for the most vulnerable means better accessibility for all in all phases of their lives, with a general and overall better quality of life, reduction of stress factors and conditions in which resources / skills and talents can be best used, says Marisa Parmigiani, director of the Unipolis Foundation. Not being accessible for a city means condemning itself not to exploit all the opportunities, therefore it means being less attractive and therefore competitive.

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21 September 2020 (change September 21, 2020 | 16:42)

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