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    • ISSN: 1793-8236 (Online)
    • Abbreviated Title Int. J. Eng. Technol.
    • Frequency:  Quarterly 
    • DOI: 10.7763/IJET
    • Managing Editor: Ms. Jennifer Zeng
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IJET 2015 Vol.7(2): 149-155 ISSN: 1793-8236
DOI: 10.7763/IJET.2015.V7.784

Reconfiguration of Handicapped Parking Spaces to Maximize Utilization of Available Space

Weite Lu, Upali Vandebona, and Masaru Kiyota

Abstract—This paper presents a design solution based on analysis of the appropriate width of handicapped parking space for individuals with different levels of disabilities in Saga. The methodology followed in this study revealed an option for increasing the available quantity of handicapped parking within the available space by selectively reducing the width of alighting space requirements built into space standards. A physical simulation was carried out with assistance from volunteers with different types of disabilities who were asked to park in a confined space in order to obtain meaningful data for space requirements by disabled individuals. The investigation found that the current standard of 3.5 m width adopted for handicapped parking is conservative and has little merit from the point of view of functionality for handicapped individuals. The data collected allowed the research team to develop a methodology to propose a new arrangement for increasing the parking spaces for disabled persons. The paper explains the physical data collection process and details of the proposed arrangement that could better utilize the available space.

Index Terms—Parking for disabled people, severity of disability, width of handicapped parking, alighting space, reconfiguration of parking space.

Weite Lu and Masaru Kiyota are with the School of Science and Engineering, Japan (e-mail: weitelu@126.com).
Upali Vandebona is with Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia (e-mail: u.vandebona@unsw.edu.au).


Cite: Weite Lu, Upali Vandebona, and Masaru Kiyota, "Weite Lu, Upali Vandebona, and Masaru Kiyota," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 149-155, 2015.

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