The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. and Australia-based Briometrix are seeking volunteers to assist in a data mapping mobility pilot program. The project is expected to result in a visual map of the level of difficulty to traverse the area, especially for individuals who use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
The partnership will map the accessibility of the existing pathways near future stations for IndyGo’s planned Purple Line.
IndyGo says the partnership is one of two mobility pilots selected to receive funding this year from IndyGo as part of its commitment to exploring different ways of providing transportation services in the Indianapolis area.
Briometrix, which specializes in footpath data services, will equip and employ up to five individuals who use wheelchairs, to survey the pathways. The pilots’ wheelchairs will be equipped with a Briometrix data logger along with a video camera and smart phone. As the wheelchair passes over the sidewalks, curb ramps, and intersections, the technology will log and analyze the forces around the wheelchair.
IndyGo says the resulting map will be color-coded and utilize clickable icons to show effort ratings, material of the pathways, and curb and sidewalk hazards to demonstrate how accessible the journey is to and from transit stations in the area.
Mapping is expected to take place over a nine-day period in mid-September, with final map layers available to IndyGo and the city by November 1.