By Dr. Karen L. Frost, PhD, MBA
Did you know that wheelchair riders on transit buses are more likely to be injured on the wheelchair ramp than in a vehicle accident? Did you know that when the ramp is deployed to an urban street or sidewalk in real life, it often exceeds the ADA maximum ramp slope?
Unfortunately, little is know about specific factors that contribute to ramp accidents. The University of Louisville is undertaking a nationwide effort to improve access to public transit buses. We have received funding from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research to conduct a survey to study ramp-related problems experienced by wheelchair & scooter users who ride public transit buses.
This survey is for those who can provide information about problems or injuries they may have experienced trying to access transit buses using a wheelchair ramp. Wheelchair and scooter users, as well as their family members and personal aids may take the survey. All responses are anonymous.
Our survey is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WheelchairRampSurvey. After taking the survey, each person will be able to see a summary of responses from everyone who has participated. To learn more about this research, or talk to the principal investigator, you can contact Karen Frost, PhD, University of Louisville at email@example.com.
Thanks in advance for your consideration of this request,
University of Louisville Research Team
Karen L. Frost, PhD, MBA
University of Louisville
Room 110, Instructional Bldg.
500 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202
• Anonymous, nationwide effort
• Seeking wheelchair & scooter users 18 yrs & older
• Web-based survey takes 15-20 mins
• Investigating factors contributing to ramp incidents and injuries on public transit bus ramps
• Info will be used to develop ramp design guidelines and improve accessibility, usability and safety of bus ramps
• University of Louisville, IRB#: 12.0261
National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, Grant # H133G110074
Karen Frost, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org 502-852-0279