Car accessibility – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ Sat, 28 May 2022 00:53:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taxis4smartcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T160153.519.png Car accessibility – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ 32 32 Wembley Stadium Supporter’s Guide – Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest https://taxis4smartcities.org/wembley-stadium-supporters-guide-huddersfield-v-nottingham-forest/ Fri, 27 May 2022 13:14:07 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/wembley-stadium-supporters-guide-huddersfield-v-nottingham-forest/ Nottingham Forest will face Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for a place in the Premier League. Here’s everything fans need to know ahead of the long-awaited visit to the capital: MATCH TICKETS The full allocation of 36,475 tickets for Forest supporters has been sold. If and […]]]>

Nottingham Forest will face Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for a place in the Premier League.

Here’s everything fans need to know ahead of the long-awaited visit to the capital:

MATCH TICKETS

The full allocation of 36,475 tickets for Forest supporters has been sold.

If and when returned tickets are received, they are immediately made available to supporters for online resale only here https://westbridgfordwire.com/supporters-guide-for-wembley-stadium-huddersfield-v-nottingham-forest/. This is probably an extremely limited number of tickets.

Important: No tickets are available via NFFC. Please do not call or visit the NFFC box office to purchase tickets.

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All tickets are print-at-home and have now been dispatched by Ticketmaster. If you have not received your ticket or have any questions after purchase, contact Ticketmaster directly on 0333 321 3126 for assistance. Please do not contact the NFFC ticket office for a ticket request unless you purchased your ticket in person from the club.

Please do not purchase tickets in sections of Huddersfield Town. Any Forest supporters found buying tickets in the sections allocated to Huddersfield will be expelled and there will be no option to move to the Forest sections.

There will be ticket administration support for Forest supporters on the day – details to follow.

If you do not have a match ticket, please enjoy the match elsewhere and do not travel to Wembley Stadium.

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TURNSTILES

The Forest Supporters will be located at the west end of Wembley Stadium. The turnstiles will open at 2:30 p.m. Please arrive early enough to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere and avoid the queues. Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m.

MATCH FORMAT

If the scores are tied after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time will be played followed, if necessary, by penalties.

OFFICIAL COACH TRIP

More than 60 Reds supporter coaches will leave The Brian Clough Stand car park for Wembley on Sunday.

Coach departures will begin at 10:15 a.m., with the last coach leaving at 11 a.m.

For security reasons, no cars will be allowed in The Brian Clough Stand car park. Supporters can be dropped off on Colwick Road outside the car park gates or supporters can park at Nottingham Rugby Club on Holme Road from 9am for £10.

We remind you that alcohol is not allowed on the buses.

Supporters with accessibility needs, please note that seven accessible vehicles are available. Please let you know the nearest steward upon arrival.

At Wembley Stadium, Forest coaches will be parked in the Pink car park. The coaches will leave for Nottingham thirty minutes after the end of the match.

DISABLED FANS

To ensure a smooth and timely start, supporters will be assigned to coaches on a first-come, first-served basis.

Supporters with accessibility needs will be… TBC

THE TRAINS

East Midlands Railway (EMR) says travel to Wembley by train is expected to be extremely busy, with a number of services expected to be full and permanent.

EMR advises trying to increase capacity on board their rail services and also recommends traveling via Kettering for EMR Connect services to London St. Pancras. These services run every 30 minutes.

Please note that east coast travel via Grantham is restricted due to the number of opposition supporters traveling on LNER services from Leeds to London Kings Cross.

DRINKING ON THE STREET IS PROHIBITED

Supporters are advised that the Olympic Way and surrounding areas are not street drinking areas, within the framework of the current ordinance on the protection of public space – see here for more information.

There is a wide range of bars, pubs, fan zones and restaurants available to enjoy the neighborhood. Please see the map below which shows where Forest fans can drink this weekend and also see the list and hereunder “Wembley Stadium West”.

The public street drinking ban will be enforced by a team of officers from Brent Council, Wembley National Stadium, Wembley Park, the Metropolitan Police Service, Transport for London and the British Transport Police, the fans being required to hand over their booze or face a £100 fine.

FLAGS

Wembley Stadium guidelines state that flags over 250cm in size at their widest or longest section will not be permitted and flagpoles over 1m in length will not be permitted.

On On level 5 of the stadium, flags larger than 200cm x 100cm will not be allowed to enter the stadium. Flags longer than this will not be allowed.

All flags sold in the Forest club shop comply with Wembley Stadium regulations. Be sure to visit our megastore to check out our special play-off range. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

DESCRIPTIVE AUDIO COMMENTARY SERVICE

Fans requiring descriptive audio commentary can pick up a receiver upon arrival at the stadium at one of the following information kiosks located nearest to your seat:

Tier 1 seats (your block number starts with 1)

  • Information booth at block 108
  • Information booth at block 137
  • Information Kiosk at Gate G
  • Information Kiosk at Gate H

Tier 2 seats (your block or suite number starts with 2, 3 or 4)

  • Member services kiosk at 242
  • Member services kiosk at 212

Tier 5 seats (your block number starts with 5)

  • Information booth at 514
  • Information booth at 539

Please note that Wembley does not take advance reservations for helmets.

PYROTECHNICS

In recent months there has been a disturbing increased use of pyrotechnics, flares and smoke bombs in stadiums across the country. Using these devices inside a football stadium is a criminal offense that will result in police action, prosecution and football bans.

Pyrotechnics and flares can cause serious wearer injuries, other spectators, players and security personnel. We have also witnessed a number of incidents that have resulted in people experiencing breathing difficulties, distress and discomfort.

Security checks will be carried out before and during the match and action will be taken against anyone identified as breaking Wembley Stadium rules, with bans also enforced by Nottingham Forest.

Please help ensure the safety of yourself and other supporters by not bringing any form of pyrotechnics to Sunday’s game. Detection dogs will be operational.

FIELD FORECASTS

Supporters are reminded that it is against the law to enter the pitch at any time and could result in a criminal record and club ban. It is essential that those who play the game can do so safely, knowing that they will not be subjected to violent, threatening or anti-social behavior.

Many people have already lost the privilege of watching their team via club bans this season and further punitive measures will follow for those who continue to disregard the rules of the pitch and break the law at football matches.

TV COVERAGE & STREAMING

The play-off final will be shown live in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

The match will also be broadcast live in most international countries outside of the UK and Ireland. This means that fans living abroad can probably find the game available through your local broadcaster – click here to see the list.

Fans in a limited number of countries (sometimes referred to as ‘dark markets’) will be able to watch the match live on Forest TV for £10 – click here to buy a pass.

AUDIO COVERAGE

All fans around the world can also access live audio coverage of today’s match via the audio commentary package for just £2.99. The Commentary is BBC Radio Nottingham’s show with Colin Fray and Steve Hodge. Click on here to buy.

If any supporters are having issues with the video or audio streams, please contact foresttvsupport@streamamg.com for support.

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The Shoals says it’s accessible by seaplane, but Southold Town begs to defer https://taxis4smartcities.org/the-shoals-says-its-accessible-by-seaplane-but-southold-town-begs-to-defer/ Wed, 25 May 2022 10:00:14 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/the-shoals-says-its-accessible-by-seaplane-but-southold-town-begs-to-defer/ The Shoals advertises itself as being accessible by land, sea and air. (Credit: file photo) The opening of a new hotel that advertises itself as accessible by car, boat or plane has prompted Southold Town’s aircraft noise steering committee to ask the town council to review its seaplane code. While seaplanes are banned from Southold […]]]>

The opening of a new hotel that advertises itself as accessible by car, boat or plane has prompted Southold Town’s aircraft noise steering committee to ask the town council to review its seaplane code.

While seaplanes are banned from Southold waters, town officials fear there is a loophole for planes to land in other parts of Peconic Bay, with passengers then ferried by boat to their destination.

“[The code] prohibit landings anywhere we have jurisdiction,” Assistant City Attorney John Burke said during a city council business session on Tuesday. “But the areas where we have jurisdiction in Peconic Bay are slipping and there could be a loophole.”

The question arose following articles about The Shoals in Northforker magazine and Patch.com, both of which mentioned the hotel’s accessibility by seaplane, a feature highlighted in press materials published by The Shoals. ‘company.

The Shoals also mentions this method of arrival on their website.

“Guests can arrive by train, seaplane or boat, which uniquely positions the hotel as both a destination for guests and a social hub for locals,” the company’s website says.

Councilwoman Sarah Nappa, the city council’s liaison to the aircraft noise steering committee, asked if the city could send a letter to the hotel, asking it to no longer promote this feature. Mr. Burke said the city had already discussed this with them and that they would no longer run advertisements promoting air arrivals.

In an email Tuesday, a spokesperson for The Shoals said the hotel does not provide any of its own transportation services and that guests arriving by seaplane should ensure they board and land within legal areas.

Mr Burke said the city will have to “protect itself” from planes landing in other areas and guests being transported by boat. He said the city should first map the bay to see which areas allow seaplanes to land or take off to better understand where they might be coming from.

The towns of Riverhead and East Hampton have banned seaplanes from local waters. Southampton has banned it in Mecox Bay, but allows landings in city waters over 1,000 feet from shore. Shelter Island has no restrictions, so there are pockets of the bay in two towns where planes can land directly beside the waters of Southold Town.

The potential future closure of East Hampton Town airport, which could make seaplanes a more desirable means of transport to the East End, and the lack of monetary penalties for violating the part of town, aggravate potentially the problem, Ms. Nappa noted. aircraft code.

“Do we want to maybe add some sort of fine structure?” Ms Nappa asked her fellow board members on Tuesday.

City Supervisor Scott Russell said the seaplane ban at least prevents the planes themselves from being flown directly to shore.

“We control the keys to this kingdom,” Mr. Russell said.

The Southold Town Aircraft Noise Steering Committee was formed in 2014 to address quality of life issues related to aircraft noise. The seaplane ban, which exempts military and emergency aircraft, was implemented in 2018.

The Shoals is owned by a group led by developer Jonathan Tibbett, which also owns North Fork Table & Inn, Southold General and upcoming Southold Social and The Enclaves, all located in the hamlet of Southold.

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What Ontario’s major political parties are promising on public transit https://taxis4smartcities.org/what-ontarios-major-political-parties-are-promising-on-public-transit/ Mon, 23 May 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/what-ontarios-major-political-parties-are-promising-on-public-transit/ Munro Watters uses public transit almost every day to and from his government job in downtown Ottawa. A round trip costs him more than $7 a day. Is she interested in the Liberal promise to offer $1 public transit passes for the next year and a half? You bet. “It’s something I’m extremely on board […]]]>

Munro Watters uses public transit almost every day to and from his government job in downtown Ottawa. A round trip costs him more than $7 a day.

Is she interested in the Liberal promise to offer $1 public transit passes for the next year and a half? You bet.

“It’s something I’m extremely on board with,” Watters told CBC. “I’ve noticed how much more expensive public transit is for me, especially per trip… And public transit is supposed to be the cheapest and also the greenest option.”

But if her boyfriend is in town with his car, they often drive because parking and gas only cost a little more than the $15.80 it would cost them to take public transit.

On the other hand, Jamie Pudwell doesn’t think cheaper fares will make more people leave their cars.

“The reason a lot of people aren’t taking public transit is that it’s not really convenient right now,” Pudwell said. “It’s not super integrated and it’s not particularly comfortable in many places.”

Ontario’s political parties are promising to expand GO Transit service, and some parties are promising to reduce fares. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

He would like to see more intercity travel by train – something GO Transit provides to some extent largely in areas surrounding the GTA – and also expanded transit within communities, instead of systems that direct riders to a central downtown corridor.

“If we had a fully integrated circular route, like you see in many cities, something like this would be a much better system,” Pudwell said.

“I’ve used them. I’ve been to cities in Japan, I’ve been to cities in Europe. You can go to any neighborhood you want. What if they were to actually incorporate plans like this there, using taxpayers’ money – totally behind it.”

He’s more interested in the NDP’s plan to pick up half the costs of running city transit — something the province was doing before the PC Mike Harris government of the 1990s shut down.

Ottawa voters speak out on what it would take to increase transit ridership

Ahead of the provincial election, Ottawa residents say public transit needs to be faster, more reliable and better connected.

Of course, the two perspectives are not mutually exclusive – a cheaper transit fare only helps riders if there is a bus or train that takes them where they want to go – but those are the major differences in how the province’s major political parties frame their transit plans.

Here’s what each of the major parties promises to do for municipal transit, if elected on June 2, and what it would cost.

Progressive-Conservatives

In its budget released late last month, the Progressive Conservatives pledged to spend $61.6 billion over 10 years on public transit, including the Ontario line in Toronto, the expansion of GO Transit from Oshawa to Bowmanville, the London GO Rail Service, which will provide weekday GO train trips between London and Union Station in Toronto.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is pledging billions of dollars for transit infrastructure spending, including the Ontario Line, but has made no specific promises to subsidize city fares or transit budgets . (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)

There are also plans to eventually connect the Eglinton Crosstown West extension to Toronto Pearson International Airport, and PCs are “advancing planning work for the Sheppard Subway Extension”.

In short, CP’s plan for transit involves capital expenditures – investing money in expanding infrastructure, but not directly in municipal transit operations.

All the other major parties have pledged to fund transit infrastructure projects already underway.

NDP

New Democrats pledge to spend $3.6 billion over four years on transit operations — they have earmarked $898 million a year to cover half of municipal transit operations.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has pledged to spend $3.6 billion to subsidize municipal transit operations to help cities improve service and lower fares. (Gino Donato/The Canadian Press)

However, there would be conditions attached to this funding.

Chandra Pasma is the NDP candidate in Ottawa West-Nepean. She says an NDP government would expect the money to go towards improving transit service in terms of coverage and accessibility, as well as reducing fares.

When talking to people in her riding, Pasma says it’s not necessarily the cost that keeps them from using public transit, although she admits it’s getting more and more expensive.

“It’s that the bus never goes through their neighborhood or getting to the city center is a 15-minute drive, but it’s a one-hour transit ride that requires two buses and a train — and that’s is if the train is running,” she said.

Liberals

One of the first election promises the Liberals made was their money-for-a-ride promise: Any ride on public transit, including GO Transit, will cost $1 from September 2022 to January 2024. monthly passes would be capped at $40 per month. .

They say it will cost $710 million in 2022-23 and nearly $1.2 billion in 2023-24. According to party officials, the cost is based on an average provincial rate of just over $3. The plan starts with ridership numbers starting this winter and assumes a 3% increase in fare numbers each month, reaching pre-pandemic levels by early 2024.

Since the start of the campaign, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca has kept his promise of cash-in-transit. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The plan is being touted primarily as a way to help Ontarians save money — ‘affordability’ is the main issue in this election — and as a way to encourage greater use of public transit , which fell during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Liberals say they estimate their rate plan would take 400,000 cars off the road.

Asked what would happen to tariffs after January 2024, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said late last week that he would do everything he could “to make sure we continue to make life more affordable, especially when it comes to public transport”.

The Liberals also pledge to subsidize municipal transit operations to the tune of $94 million in the current fiscal year and $375 million for each of the following three years.

Along with a promise to give veterans free fares starting next year, the Liberals are pledging a total of $3.4 billion on fares and transit operations over the next four years.

green party

Unsurprisingly, the Green Party promises to spend the most on transit operations and “prioritize transit in all transportation planning decisions.”

Like the New Democrats, the Greens would also fund half of municipal operating costs, but spend $1 billion a year, which is more than the NDP estimated.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner promises to spend the maximum of any party to “put transit first in all transportation planning decisions.” (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

The Green Party promises to spend $300 million to immediately halve transit fares for at least three months, and would spend $1 billion a year to buy thousands of electric buses, tripling the number of lanes reserved for buses.

Transport promises aimed at urban voters

While public transit is a huge cost to municipalities and fares can be a barrier for some who rely on it, it’s not an election issue, according to David Coletto, CEO of polling firm Abacus Data.

Out of a long list of issues, only 6% of respondents place public transit or reducing congestion among the top three issues that will determine their vote. One reason, suggests Coletto, is that many people are still working from home and travel costs are not a priority.

The Green Party promises to spend $1 billion over each of the next four years on electric buses, like this one used by Ottawa’s transit agency, and to increase dedicated bus lanes. (Frédéric Pépin/Radio-Canada)

But of the touted plans, the Liberal dollars are perhaps the ones getting the most traction. A recent Leger survey reported that more than half of respondents had heard of the $1 ticket promise and thought it was a good idea. The poll did not ask about the NDP or Greens plan to subsidize municipal transit operations.

While the NDP’s platform promises more money for public transit, it takes more effort to explain than the Liberals’ one-line slogan.

“Any time you can take a problem that people perceive and come up with an easily digestible solution, it’s going to be more memorable,” Coletto told CBC. “Now, is that going to be enough? Is that the thing people are going to vote Liberal for? I think it’s still unclear.”

NDP, Liberal and Green transportation promises are clearly aimed at urban centers with larger transit systems, Coletto said, especially younger voters who “may not own a car or live in a condo in the center of town and lower-income households who depend on public transit to get around. »


Looking for more details on the platforms of the four major parties in Ontario’s June election? Head to this story where you can read the platforms for yourself.

You can also use electoral compass to compare your political views to those of the major parties.

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Consultation results show community support for Market Quarter https://taxis4smartcities.org/consultation-results-show-community-support-for-market-quarter/ Fri, 20 May 2022 13:45:51 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/consultation-results-show-community-support-for-market-quarter/ A consultation that invited North Devon residents to comment on exciting new ‘market district’ improvements coming to Barnstaple revealed broad support for the plans. The North Devon Council consultation, which took place between January and March this year, invited the North Devon community to have their say on the progress of the Market Quarter, which […]]]>

A consultation that invited North Devon residents to comment on exciting new ‘market district’ improvements coming to Barnstaple revealed broad support for the plans.

The North Devon Council consultation, which took place between January and March this year, invited the North Devon community to have their say on the progress of the Market Quarter, which includes four transformation projects in the town centre. The aim of the consultation was to gauge public support for the projects so far and gather ideas that could help shape future plans. Overall, the feedback showed that the community believes the interventions will improve the downtown visitor experience.

701 surveys were completed both online and on paper at the Green Lanes shopping centre, along with notice boards detailing the plans. This is the latest in a series of consultations that have shaped the plans for the Market Quarter project; the concepts were initially developed following the Barnstaple Vision consultation in 2019, then refined and developed through further consultation with local residents, businesses and other stakeholders in November 2021. The council said it had intends to continue public consultation throughout the project, which is expected to be delivered in late 2024.

The results of the consultation, which are detailed in full on barnstaple.co.uk and the council’s website, include the following highlights in relation to each of the four components of the project:

Market Basket (reinventing and diversifying the market in a flexible space for a more varied and ambitious program of markets, events and community gatherings)

  • 78% agreed that these projects would significantly improve the market visit experience
  • when asked what would encourage them to visit the market, the most popular responses included more stalls and shops with better quality products (ie.

Development of rue Bouport (restoration and refurbishment of historic 36/37 Boutport Street into an exciting mixed-use development of downtown working and living space, and creation of a vital pedestrian gateway to the city)

  • 79% of respondents strongly agree or agree that the connection between the Queen Street car park and downtown for visitors
  • the most popular suggested uses for 36/37 Boutport Street were artist/craft studios, performance venues and cafes

Queen Street parking lot (alter and improve the main vehicle access routes to the Queen Street car park and redesign the layout to create a clear pedestrian route into the city)

  • 73% of all respondents agreed that the merger of Queen Street and Bear Street car parks will improve their visit

Butchers Row and Cross Street (pedestrianization (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) of the most characteristic street of the city, allowing traders to overflow into the street and visitors to eat)

  • 81% agreed that improving street furniture, adding color and more planting will improve their visit to downtown
  • 73% agreed that creating opportunities for more outdoor restaurants and street markets will encourage them to visit and stay longer

Senior Member of Economic Development and Regeneration at North Devon Council, Councilor Malcolm Prowse said: “We are really pleased that the Market Area consultation has shown that our community is broadly supportive of the interventions we are carrying out in Barnstaple. We We are extremely excited about the upcoming improvements to the town center and believe they will make Barnstaple a destination town the district can truly be proud of.

“We have sought the views of our local community throughout the project and will continue to do so. It is really important to maintain this dialogue so that those who live, work and visit the city can help shape the plans as we are progressing.”

The board says it has already taken steps to incorporate some of the feedback into drafts. He issued an invitation for expressions of interest in the Boutport Street development last month to explore how businesses, groups and individuals might wish to use the space. Additional funds have been secured by the council to create new access to the new car park directly from Alexandra Road. The in-house project team is also now working with the design team to reinforce the sense of the gateway from the car park to the city center. In connection with the Marché Pannier, a catering offer was tested over the Easter period to see how it could work on a larger scale.

More information on Market Quarter projects is available at www.barnstaple.co.uk/projects. The full consultation report is available on the council’s website and at www.barnstaple.co.uk/consultation-report.

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Are electric car charging stations accessible at WV? https://taxis4smartcities.org/are-electric-car-charging-stations-accessible-at-wv/ Thu, 12 May 2022 15:50:38 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/are-electric-car-charging-stations-accessible-at-wv/ CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With gas prices hitting all-time highs in West Virginia, electric cars are looking more and more attractive, but does owning one really make sense in our relatively rural state? A recent study by Forbes Advisor said West Virginia is one of the top five states with most accessible electric car charging, but […]]]>

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With gas prices hitting all-time highs in West Virginia, electric cars are looking more and more attractive, but does owning one really make sense in our relatively rural state?

A recent study by Forbes Advisor said West Virginia is one of the top five states with most accessible electric car charging, but the study only bases the ranking on two factors and omits factors that seem pretty important if you’re deciding whether a electric car makes sense in the region.

According to the Forbes study, West Virginia is the fifth best state for access to electric car charging. This ranking is based solely on the number of charging stations versus the number of current electric cars in the state. The study determined that for every 6.38 electric cars in West Virginia there is one charging point, which seems like a lot compared to New Jersey, where there is only one charging station for every 46 cars. .

But would you actually be able to travel efficiently in West Virginia using an electric car? According to data from the US Department of Energy, there are approximately 80 electric vehicle charging stations in West Virginia. By comparison, there are well over 100 in the Pittsburgh metro alone and several hundred in Washington, D.C.

Map of electric car charging stations in West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and DC (Screen capture: US Department of Energy)

Most West Virginia train stations are along freeways, with multi-station clusters around Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. The recent addition of electric car charging at nine state parks in West Virginia has also increased the number and accessibility of electric car charging. Traveling along West Virginia’s major highways, the longest distance you would have to travel between stations is from Parkersburg to Clarksburg on Route 50, which is just over 70 miles and approximately one hour and 15 minutes from driving, or from Sutton to Ansted near Fayetteville, which is nearly 60 miles and just over an hour’s drive.

Getting to charging stations in the mountains near Randolph, Tucker, Pocahantas, and Pendleton counties can be a little harder to reach due to windier roads. Going from the Blackwater Falls recharge station to the Snowshoe Mountain station would take about two hours and over 90 miles of driving.

But these estimates do not take into account whether the charging stations have the right connector for your car and whether they are accessible to the public. Many charging stations in West Virginia are private, such as those at car dealerships.

How often do eclectic cars need to be charged?

The distance a car can travel depends on the model. More expensive options like Telsa, Mercedes, Porche and BMW go over 300 miles on a single charge. More affordable electric cars like the Nissan Leaf go around 150 miles on a charge.

For everyday use and commuting, electric cars only need to be charged once every few days, and most people could add a charge to their garage or home. For someone traveling or vacationing in West Virginia with an electric vehicle, you may need to plan your route around where you can stop to charge.

Why was West Virginia ranked so high by Forbes?

In California, there are 13,628 charging stations, but in the Forbes rankings, it was in the bottom five for charging accessibility simply because there are so many more electric cars than West Virginia. Similarly, New Jersey was ranked last because it has a lot of electric cars compared to fewer charging stations, 659. However, New Jersey is geographically much smaller than West Virginia, so the longest distance between charging stations in New Jersey is about an hour, which is actually closer than fifth-ranked West Virginia.

West Virginia’s high ranking by Forbes only indicates that West Virginia has a good ability to handle the electric cars already on the road. It doesn’t have the ability for most West Virginians to easily access stations or the ability to manage a full switchover to electricity in the state, as a health study recommends. ‘American Lung Association.

Find a charging station in North Central West Virginia

The following list contains both public and private charging locations, so exercise caution when heading to any of these locations for a charge. 12 News visited the Gillum House Bed and Breakfast charging station in Shinnston and couldn’t even find the charging location.

Harrisson

  • Harry Green Chevrolet – 1858 E Pike St, Clarksburg, WV 26301
  • Harley Davidson – 2260 Murphys Run Road, Bridgeport, WV 26330
  • Mountaineer World – 166 Barnett Run Rd, Bridgeport, WV 26330
  • Bed and Breakfast Gillum House – 35 Walnut St, Shinnston, WV 26431

marion

  • Sheetz – 1000 Fairmont Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554

Monongalia

  • Sheetz – 21 Asturias Lane, Morgantown, WV 26508
  • University Motor – 58 Don Knotts Blvd, Morgantown, WV 26508
  • Sheetz – 1901 Earl L Core Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Morgantown Farmers Market – 415 Spruce St, Morgantown, WV 26501
  • Joe Defazio Oil – 49 Red Dog Way, Westover, WV 26501
  • Liberty Kia – 601 Mary Jane Wood Circle, Morgantown, WV 26501
  • Downtown University – 325 Granville Square, Morgantown, WV 26501
  • Black Bear Village – 380 Richard Harrison Road, Morgantown, WV 26501
  • Premium Chevrolet Buick GMC – 5392 University Town Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26501
  • Premier Nissan – 5394 University Town Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26501
  • Harley Davidson – 7300 Willie G Ave, Westover, WV 26501

taylor

  • Tygart Lake State Park – 1240 Paul E Malone Rd in Grafton, WV 26354

lewis

  • Sheetz – 39 Berlin Road, Weston, WV 26452
  • Stonewall Resort – 940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, WV 26447

Upshur

  • West Virginia Wesleyan College – 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV 26201

Tucker

  • Blackwater Falls State Park – 1584 Blackwater Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260
  • Canaan Valley Resort – 230 Main Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260

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How Virtual Station Tours Can Soothe Passengers’ Nerves https://taxis4smartcities.org/how-virtual-station-tours-can-soothe-passengers-nerves/ Tue, 10 May 2022 14:29:39 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/how-virtual-station-tours-can-soothe-passengers-nerves/ Travelers can now take a virtual tour of Stansted Airport station. Credit: Greater Anglia. British company Virtual Tours Experts have collaborated with train operator Greater Anglia on a virtual tour of Stansted Airport station, to give passengers the chance to experience the station before a visit. The virtual tour can be particularly useful for customers […]]]>

British company Virtual Tours Experts have collaborated with train operator Greater Anglia on a virtual tour of Stansted Airport station, to give passengers the chance to experience the station before a visit.

The virtual tour can be particularly useful for customers with disabilities to check the accessibility of their journey. The Greater Anglia Accessibility Committee is made up of a group of customers with disabilities who meet regularly with the company to share their feedback on the project. Members shared their support for the virtual tour idea throughout.

Stansted Airport station has step-free access, accessible ticket machines, accessible ticket counters and a ramp is available for access to the train. Some new rolling stock also serves the station, and these trains have access by retractable steps, allowing passengers in wheelchairs and scooters to board without a ramp.

While trained staff are also on hand to assist customers with access needs, the virtual tour further enhances trip planning for passengers arriving at the station.

Explore the station remotely

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “The tour has been designed to make travel planning easier, give customers a clearer picture of the station before they travel and reduce anxiety about how they will get around the parking at the platform at the airport.”

The online virtual tour on the web gives passengers choices of autopilot or manual when navigating the station. Users can choose a location within the station they want to see and be automatically guided to it, or they can choose to manually click the route on their own.

There is an interactive map that allows users to view the entire station layout, as well as links to navigate to specific areas of the station. The virtual platform aims to reassure on the accessibility and general safety of passengers in the station.

The tour uses 360 degree photography, aerial photography and an interactive map to locate guest facilities. The tour covers other public areas of the station including the entrance, restrooms, customer service or ticket office, platforms, elevators, car parks and drop-off areas.

There is also an aerial view of the car park, bike park, bus stop and taxi rank/drop-off, while meeting points can be viewed using the drop-down menu.

The Greater Anglia spokesperson said: ‘It gives you the closest experience to being physically there. Customers can take their time to take a good look around without the pressures of real travel.

“It gives people a visual guide and a guided tour of the station. This empowers the customer, as it allows them to decide what is or is not an obstacle to their journey, rather than being told if something is accessible or not. »

Informed trip planning is essential for some passengers, and the tour includes a spoken guide with closed captions on the homepage and an accessibility widget that allows users to change layout options, including including large font, high contrast or audio transcription.

Mapping the future

Implementing virtual tour technology has posed many challenges. Greater Anglia searched for a supplier capable of carrying out the project, and Virtual Tours Experts made it possible.

The station was to be filmed at a quiet time when there were few passengers. This was essential to provide clarity, ensuring that passengers had a detailed idea of ​​locations within the station and that the layout of the station was clear without travelers obscuring the view. In addition, permission for aerial images of outdoor areas was required.

Greater Anglia and virtual tours experts have also overcome technical constraints in order to make the virtual tour responsive, meaning it is usable on platforms such as mobile devices as well as computers.

The goal going forward is to create 360 ​​degree virtual tours for ten stations which are expected to have increased passenger numbers in the future and may therefore be more difficult to navigate.

Virtual tours are also available for passengers using Norwich and Cambridge stations. Virtual Tours Experts also plans to make tours of Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich, Shenfield and Southend Victoria stations available to the public.

Greater Anglia also plans to include British Sign Language videos to support customer information in the future.

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Draft accessibility standard for electric car chargers fails real-world test https://taxis4smartcities.org/draft-accessibility-standard-for-electric-car-chargers-fails-real-world-test/ Wed, 04 May 2022 09:03:38 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/draft-accessibility-standard-for-electric-car-chargers-fails-real-world-test/ An electric car charging station designed to meet draft proposals for the long-awaited government-backed accessibility standard, developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI), has been condemned by disabled users in a test Auto Express. We led the campaign to highlight the accessibility issues of electric cars, and charging issues are one of the reasons why […]]]>

An electric car charging station designed to meet draft proposals for the long-awaited government-backed accessibility standard, developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI), has been condemned by disabled users in a test Auto Express.

We led the campaign to highlight the accessibility issues of electric cars, and charging issues are one of the reasons why electric vehicles are off limits to many people with disabilities. As with many drivers, we have been eagerly awaiting the government-backed publicly available specification (PAS 1899) for charging stations, which was released in draft form by the BSI in April for consultation. Although compliance with PAS is voluntary, the DfT and the charging station industry have long promised that it will be a lever for meaningful change.

Towards the end of April, charging provider Osprey unveiled its vision for a new “accessible charging bay” at the fully charged electric vehicle show. A spokesperson confirmed that the charging station shown in the bay would comply with the new draft guidelines. So we visited a fast-charging site in Banbury, Oxon, where similar examples of the same charging station have already been installed, and asked shoppers with mobility issues to give it a try. IT out.

Our three volunteers used walking sticks, not wheelchairs, but all had problems lifting and connecting the heavy quick-charge cables and plug, even when our test car was parked with its charge plug at its furthest point. as close as possible to the charger. Two of our testers declined the invitation to try extending the cable a few meters out the back of the car, saying it would simply be impossible for them.

Heavy cables and plugs

The fundamental issue that the BSI guidelines overlook is the weight and limited maneuverability of fast charging cables, and the significant strength and dexterity required to orient the plug with the socket. Even when supported at one end, per BSI guidelines, we measured the weight at around 7kg for an extended cable. When lifted near the loader, it weighed about 5 kg.

Driver Sarah Webb, who relies on a Hyundai Tucson provided by Motability, told us she was excited about the green benefits of electric vehicles and was ready to drive one.

“Wow,” she said, after struggling with the cable. “If it was the only option to recharge, I would have to stay home. The car is my freedom, and that’s a horrible thought.

Auto Express calls for maximum weight limits for charging cables

Auto Express responded to the draft PAS 1899 consultation, requiring maximum weight limits to be included within the scope of the standard.

We say that charging stations should not be considered “accessible” if users cannot lift or steer cables, and that maximum weight limits should be agreed with disabled groups.

If the charging station industry cannot meet the acceptable weight restrictions for cables installed on fast charging equipment, the government or charging service providers must look to the approach taken at gas stations. where attendants are available to meet the needs of disabled drivers who require assistance with gasoline or diesel. pumps.

Our response to the BSI consultation states:

“We do not believe it is acceptable, responsible or even honest to launch any formal accessibility standard that does not consider the weight and maneuverability of charging cables, and the scope of the standard should be expanded to cover this fundamental issue.

“PAS 1899 as currently written is great news for infrastructure designers and installers who can say ‘we meet officially approved standards’, but it is of no use to an incoming driver. at a charging site and are unable to lift the cable and plug into their car.

“PAS 1899 as it stands will leave people with disabilities wondering who the accessibility standard was written for; disabled drivers, or an industry or government seeking to sweep their problems under the rug.

BSI recognizes that cable weight is an issue

The BSI’s PAS 1899 project states that accessible charging stations should use cables hanging from one end to help manage weight and avoid tripping hazards, but it does not address the maximum allowable cable weight. However, a cover letter to the consultation shows that BSI is aware of the issues:

“Cable weights (and associated cable management systems to reduce the unused weight of a cable) and cable lengths can be difficult to use and maneuver for people with disabilities, especially for charging stations more powerful. It is desirable to have a measurable metric to specify for cable weight, and when cable management systems should be used to support cable weight, thereby improving accessibility.

Hand holding EV charging cable

Background research for PAS 1899 and steering group discussions did not identify any specific values ​​that could be used, and as such the current wording of the weight/cable management systems clauses focuses on principles rather than measurable values,” the letter reads.

“In the absence of specific measurable information, OZEV and Motability are discussing the possibility of creating a technical working group to address the accessibility of cable weights, cable management systems and cable lengths, depending of different types of public charging stations,” says the BSI.

However, with this consultation and process still to be confirmed, the danger is that the publication of PAS 1899 in its current form will leave installers free to declare that charging stations meet the approved standard, knowing that they will be unusable. by many drivers.

Company commitment to charging stations

Charging station installer Osprey’s ‘accessible charging bay’, revealed at the end of April at the Fully Charged show, features the Kempower design we tried out in Banbury.

Its bulky six-metre cable is partly supported by the charger’s upper arm, which is supposed to bear much of the weight, but one of our Banbury testers tried the charger out at the show to confirm it was also problematic. . Osprey told us he was on the board of the team responsible for writing PAS, while the company’s website states: “Working with UK charity Motability and taking taking into account customer feedback, we have gained an in-depth understanding of the key requirements that must be addressed in the design of all public charging sites, including: space, borders, screen and handle height , ease of payment, cables and general usability of a charger. »

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Removing bike lanes isn’t just a bad idea, it’s economic vandalism https://taxis4smartcities.org/removing-bike-lanes-isnt-just-a-bad-idea-its-economic-vandalism/ Wed, 04 May 2022 01:00:50 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/removing-bike-lanes-isnt-just-a-bad-idea-its-economic-vandalism/ An “attempt to remove cycle paths”? Now I heard it all! Over the past 55 years, Melbourne has grown from 2 million to 5 million people. The CBD has evolved from a low-rise downtown to a dense mix of residential and commercial towers. Throughout this time, the available space on Hoddle Grid roads has remained […]]]>

An “attempt to remove cycle paths”? Now I heard it all! Over the past 55 years, Melbourne has grown from 2 million to 5 million people. The CBD has evolved from a low-rise downtown to a dense mix of residential and commercial towers. Throughout this time, the available space on Hoddle Grid roads has remained the same. In fact, available road space has hardly changed since 1837.

It should be obvious that it is more and more difficult to drive through the center of a city, the more its population increases. Yet if you listen to many Melbourne media commentators and business lobbyists, congestion is a baffling injustice engineered by government ideologues.

A cyclist rides along Exhibition Street.Credit:Jason South

It’s time to take stock of reality.

Compared to similarly sized cities around the world, it’s incredibly easy to drive a car into central Melbourne. It may be cold comfort for those stuck in traffic, but it’s true. It’s so easy, in fact, that 43% of car journeys to the Hoddle Grid don’t stop, they drive straight across – without contributing a dime to the local economy.

More than half of all street space in the Hoddle Grid is allocated to car-only lanes, even though cars are by far the least space-efficient mode of transport available (cars take up 9.2 square meters per person based on average occupancy, compared to 1.5 square meters for cyclists, 0.6 square meters for tram passengers and 0.5 square meters for pedestrians). On-street parking still occupies 5% of the space. Sidewalks occupy 26%, while trams occupy 9%.

Bike lanes punch above their weight: bike trips represent 7% of all trips in the Hoddle grid and are growing, while physically separated bike lanes take up only 1% of road space. Existing cycle lanes still have plenty of capacity for more cyclists, while car-only lanes have already returned to pre-pandemic levels and full capacity.

The car is the least space-efficient mode of transport available.

The car is the least space-efficient mode of transport available.Credit:wayne taylor

The idea that we should reduce the 1% safe cycle lane allocation to squeeze more car lanes, which would reduce the number of people moving through the available space, is economic vandalism. Footfall, not through traffic, drives business. Citing COVID as a reason to convert bike lanes to car lanes is disingenuous: car lanes were at capacity years before the pandemic hit, and we can no more create more road space after the pandemic than we can. before.

Last year Melbourne City Council even asked Deloitte to study the economic recovery potential of removing cycle lanes to make room for more parking and driving. This independent assessment returned a resounding “no”. Ultimately, bike lanes are efficient movers, generating more customers for city businesses, and so we need more of them.

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Sensor wristband designed to give control back to people with reduced mobility https://taxis4smartcities.org/sensor-wristband-designed-to-give-control-back-to-people-with-reduced-mobility/ Sun, 01 May 2022 23:28:18 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/sensor-wristband-designed-to-give-control-back-to-people-with-reduced-mobility/ Mr. Stephen Lin said, “We use machine learning to interpret an individual’s movements, which vary from user to user. Currently these signals are transmitted to a computer program, but we hope to evolve this into a free phone application so that it can be easily downloaded. In 2020, Dr. Withana was awarded an ARC DECRA […]]]>

Mr. Stephen Lin said, “We use machine learning to interpret an individual’s movements, which vary from user to user. Currently these signals are transmitted to a computer program, but we hope to evolve this into a free phone application so that it can be easily downloaded.

In 2020, Dr. Withana was awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship to study new techniques for manufacturing sensors for wearable applications. Currently, the research team is funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Neurodisability Assist Trust to further investigate how this technology can be used to help people with cerebral palsy.

“We know that assistive technology holds the key to a brighter future for many children with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, with the potential to transform communication, mobility and participation in society. Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in children worldwide, which means it is essential that these technological advances are accessible, customizable and as widely available as possible,” said Professor Nadia Badawi, President of the CP Alliance Chair of Cerebral Palsy Research at the University of Sydney and Medical Director and Co-Director of the Grace Center for Newborn Intensive Care at Westmead Hospital.

Cerebral palsy can cause spasticity in the muscles and affect a person’s ability to move. This can have profound impacts on people’s ability to communicate with 50% of people living with the condition finding it difficult or impossible to speak, while two-thirds have difficulty moving in one or both arms.

“This invaluable project can have a real impact in helping children with cerebral palsy play, learn and express themselves. At Cerebral Palsy Alliance, we are proud to support innovative projects like this through our grants program, which has committed over $59 million in funding for leading researchers in 38 countries around the world. said Professor Badawi.

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Father imprisoned for 14 years for killing his granddaughter https://taxis4smartcities.org/father-imprisoned-for-14-years-for-killing-his-granddaughter/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 14:33:27 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/father-imprisoned-for-14-years-for-killing-his-granddaughter/ A father who killed his 14-week-old daughter has been jailed for 14 years. Christopher Easey, 31, of Ely Road, Little Thetford, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today (Friday April 29, 2022) and has been jailed for 14 years for the manslaughter of his baby daughter Eleanor. He also received a one-year custodial sentence for one […]]]>

A father who killed his 14-week-old daughter has been jailed for 14 years.

Christopher Easey, 31, of Ely Road, Little Thetford, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today (Friday April 29, 2022) and has been jailed for 14 years for the manslaughter of his baby daughter Eleanor. He also received a one-year custodial sentence for one count of child cruelty to run concurrently with the manslaughter sentence.

Christopher Easey denied murdering Eleanor and was found guilty by a jury at Norwich Crown Court of the lesser charge of manslaughter on March 30, 2022. He was also found guilty of one count of cruelty to the children at the same hearing.

His co-defendant, Eleanor’s mother, Carly Easey, 36, of Elizabeth Drive, Chedburgh, was given a 12-month community order at Norwich Crown Court today (Friday April 29, 2022). She was found guilty by a jury of child cruelty at an earlier hearing.

During the 10-week trial at Norwich Crown Court, the jury heard how Eleanor was rushed to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on December 18, 2019 after she was found unconscious at home.

She was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where doctors confirmed she had suffered a catastrophic brain injury. Sadly, she passed away on December 20, 2019.

Tests showed Eleanor had suffered brain bleeds on three occasions, the most recent within 48 hours of being admitted to hospital, and multiple retinal haemorrhages. His injuries were consistent with non-accidental head trauma, possibly due to shaking, impact, or a combination of both.

A post-mortem examination by the Home Office established the cause of death as a head injury, of the jolt/impact type, as well as multiple historical metaphyseal fractures and multiple rib fractures. He also found that she was malnourished.

During the investigation, led by the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, detectives discovered that Carly had concealed her pregnancy.

The court heard how health visitors noticed bruises and scratches on Eleanor’s face, which Carly said were caused by an ill-fitting car seat and that the scratches were self-inflicted.

The couple’s friends, co-workers and family members told detectives how the parents fed Eleanor custard cookies and lemon cheesecake, gave her squash to drink and the left home alone.

The couple were first arrested on suspicion of assaulting GBH in December 2019. Following autopsy findings, they were later arrested again on suspicion of murder in January 2020.

When asked by doctors how Eleanor suffered the life-threatening injuries, Christopher said he was forced to brake suddenly with Eleanor in the car on December 18. He also said that she sometimes banged her head against her bed. A police examination of the couple’s car found no evidence that it had been involved in a collision or in a situation where the driver had applied the brakes by force.

In her interview, Carly could not explain Eleanor’s injuries other than the bruises on Eleanor’s face.

Both parents were initially charged with murder. However, evidence showed that Carly was not present when Eleanor suffered the brain injury that proved fatal, and prosecutors later dropped the murder charge against her.

Detective Inspector Lewis Craske, who led the investigation on behalf of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Inquiry Team, said: ‘Chris Easey has been convicted of the murder of his baby daughter and this is the terrible truth that she died at the hands of the very man who should have taken care of her; someone who should have taken care of her and shown her unconditional love. Sadly, this was not the case and little Eleanor was neglected for much if not all of her very short life.

“Finding out what happened to this family during Eleanor’s life and on that terrible night in December 2019 has always been our priority. I know we did and we presented our findings. It was a very moving investigation, and the memories of it will stay with us for some time.

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