Easy Handrail is an add-on solution for the exsiting public transportation system, aiming at providing an safe and inclusive experience for elder generation.
Beijing is one of the most heavily traveled cities in the world, whose subway system carries at average 13.04 million daily passengers. Up to 2017, there have been 18 subway lines in operation, including 334 subway stations and 554 kilometers routes in total length, ranking the first in the world.
The current subway trains set up 4 courtesy seats adjacent to the subway doors in each carriage. These courtesy seats distinguish with others only by chair color and symbolized sign on the wall in order to show humanistic care and meet the needs of the wulerable passenger group. However, other facilities, such as handrails and armsets, aren't carefully designed on form and function for those who need help.
An elder male taking public transportation, photo taken in Beijing, 2017.
Although it is usually busy and crowded on subway, causing unpleasant experiences, it is the most effective transpotation in Beijing. Regardless the unreasonable and uncomfortable settings, elder passengers still choose to take public transportation as there are no better choices.