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Caracas, Venezuela : 2016 FINALIST

Accessibility for All: A Rideshare Program for People with Disabilities

  • 3,305,204

    Population
  • Antonio Ledezma

    Mayor
  • Spanish

    Official Language
  • Directly elected mayor (four-year term)

    Type of Government
  • Additional facts

    The resident population of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas represents approximately 50 percent of the total population of Caracas.

The Problem

Citizens with motor impairments living in the low and moderate income neighborhoods of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas currently have few options for getting around the city. As a result, citizens with motor impairment have difficulty accessing resources like work, education, and healthcare centers.

The Idea

City officials will structure a human network to improve the mobility of people with motor impairment in vulnerable neighborhoods to help them better participate in the social and economic mainstream of Caracas. The idea is based on the coordination of two kind of volunteers: those who help citizens to and from public transport points during their commutes, and “transporters,” who provide transportation services from public bus stop points. To ensure the rideshare’s efficiency, city officials will conduct a census of the people with motor impairment residing in the Metropolitan Area of Caracas and build a database of the information. They will also establish an operation center that guarantees the proper connection between disabled citizens, volunteers and bus-drivers.

The Inspiration

While the central government has not provided a public policy to create a mass transit infrastructure at the low and moderate income neighborhoods, city leaders saw an opportunity to more efficiently use and connect the infrastructure that already exists. The guidelines of the proposal are based on The Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Caracas 2020 and its program “Accessibility for All.” The desire to improve the economic, social, and physical well-being of a particularly vulnerable population led metropolitan city leaders to develop a plan that would improve their quality of life and contribute to the economic and cultural life of the city.

Words from Caracas

“In the context of scarcity of public resources in Venezuela, our project poses a different alternative acknowledging the circumstances of those involved – metropolitan institutions, municipal authorities, citizen with motor impairments, transporters and social volunteers – enrolling and supporting them in an initiative that seeks to increase the quality of life of a vulnerable group in our city.”


  • Additional facts

    The resident population of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas represents approximately 50 percent of the total population of Caracas.

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