RouteAbility is a Toronto-based group of GIS professionals with a vision of becoming the reputable of urban pedestrian mapping and infrastructure data for all major cities in Canada. At RouteAbility, we are driven by
our vision of putting spatial data and location intelligence to good use by
helping to integrate mobility-challenged individuals into society, and saving
both public and natural resources.
Walking or using mobility devices is our most basic form of transportation. Pedestrian travel is involved in every trip and is the basis for all other transportation modes. Pedestrian planning is vital for accessibility, health and well-being, social equity, and economic development. Making possible the visualization of pedestrian infrastructure data for public use will enhance the capacity of mobility-challenged individuals, the aging population, and the general public, to plan the safest, most accessible routes to their destinations. The potential possibilities for future application and use by a variety of interest groups and sectors is limitless, including grassroots initiatives that support people with disabilities, policy-makers, municipal departments third-party mapping services, and more.
RouteAbility captures and maps urban pedestrian infrastructures (sidewalks, walkways, crosswalks, footpaths, underground path), and makes currently unavailable and previously unseen mapping data available and usable, to enhance accessibility for mobility-challenged and the general public, and customizable to provide partners and stakeholders with powerful, profitable and competitive advantages.
Our aim is to leverage leading-edge technology to efficiently capture and map the current state of urban pedestrian infrastructures and variations that create navigational challenges in a comprehensive, reliable and accurate way, which meets relevant standards. Engaging and enabling public participation in the collection and maintenance of pedestrian infrastructure data through reporting of accessibility obstacles in their daily route experiences, will make use of collective intelligence and action to identify and address navigational challenges.
Development:Leverage leading-edge technology to develop Canada's first Route Planner for pedestrian and wheelchair that combines surface sidewalks, indoor footpath(building, mall, etc.), walkways, walking trails and underground path(The PATH).
Data Collection:Capture and map sidewalk data for the City of Toronto.
Sidewalk data collection will include:
Design and Deployment:
Design and deploy a Web Portal to make data usable for general public and to enable collective awareness and action:
Distribution/delivery of data:
Make customized data available to partners and stakeholders from a variety of sectors
RouteAbility Corp. 7 Scott Drive Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 6V5 Tel : 416 303-3756 | Email : nemir[at]routeability.com Nemir A. Research and Development Director Tel : 416 303-3756 | Email : nemir[at]routeability.com
In the absence of City sidewalk accessibility level data on general, Routeability is taking the initiatives to map all sidewalks and providing an accessible environment related data and intelligence. RouteAbility has captured and mapped around 4,350 km of Toronto urban pedestrian infrastructures (sidewalks, walkways, crosswalks, footpaths, trails and crosswalks) and over 33 km of indoor walkways and underground path including but not limited to The PATH network and most of points of exit/entry, stairways and elevators.
A pilot project is currently underway in an area of downtown Toronto, which was selected based on data from the Assistive Devices Program (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care). This data identifies clusters with higher rates of mobility device use across the city.
The goal of this pilot project is to build a web-based pedestrian pathway Route-view Player that is a versatile, interactive viewing environment for right-of-way images and data. Field work will be conducted to assess the condition and accessibility compliance status of sidewalks and curb ramps, to identify potentially challenging areas in the city for people using mobility devices.
Pedestrian routes, today*?...
Have you ever wanted to walk somewhere but couldn't because the pedestrian route was blocked, unsafe or not accessible?Would you like to know which alternative pedestrian routes are available in order to avoid a particular location?Would you like to know if a selected pedestrian route supports the needs for those of us with mobility needs?Almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently affected by a disability** at some point in their life?.15.5% of Ontario's population - about 1.85 million individuals, or 1 in 7 people - reported having a disability in 2006 and is expected to double by 2036?.
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