Let's echo of international news: the installation of elevators in all seasons of Seoul, capital of South Korea meter. We will use the review of this important announcement to remember the benefits brought by the implementation of the elevators in most homes with height of advanced societies.
Seoul: a perfect example of the need for elevators
Elevators, as discussed below, were imposed as a necessity in countries that reached a certain level of economic development.
As you know, South Korea is a clear case of China noted for the welfare levels achieved by its citizens and its progress, for example in the labor and technological framework. Seoul, the capital, of course is no exception. Not surprisingly, the importance of this city was strengthened by the international impact that gave the organization of the Olympic Games in 1988. Do not forget that these mass sporting events, as the saying goes, put a city on the map and attracts the expectation of the rest of the world to her. This impact also has positive economic consequences, relating mainly to increased revenue and growth.
And this growth is so pronounced that makes us pay special attention to the magnitude Asian cities Seoul, such as Tokyo or Beijing. In the present case, we note that, in 2011, Seoul had 10,581,728 inhabitants, ie about seulenses 17,483.24 per square kilometer. On the other hand, the population of the metropolitan area totaled 25.62 million inhabitants.
The economic boom of Seoul is behind its consolidation as a fourth metropolitan economy. It is also the fifth largest city and second largest metropolitan area (just behind Tokyo).
As you can imagine, Seoul is at a crossroads of communications, since the city is witnessing million trips, by all means, daily. Therefore, public transport has a fundamental importance to give fluidity to these movements and prevent the pollution out of hand. In this regard, we note that Seoul has had a self restricting Vehicle Plan, based on each decide what day seulense not use your vehicle. Those who have participated in the plan have benefited from compensation of 15% in vehicle tax.
Therefore, you will agree that the people of Seoul them comes in handy to have a subway service to match the dimensions of the city.
Meet the subway in Seoul and its needs for lifts
Name the Seoul subway is referring to big words in the world of suburban and passionate about the great architectural and railway projects.
Not surprisingly, it is one of the longest and busiest passenger cars and the world meters. Its construction began in 1974, but we note that there have been successive line extensions and new construction and renovation until today. In fact, the news that we discussed in this text is an example of constant renewal and maintenance appropriate for this critical infrastructure seulense population.
Broadly speaking, the Seoul subway joins this city with Inchon, it reaches a couple of provinces (aside to cover its own administrative unit) and has ten lines, which cover more than 280 kilometers. Moreover, it is estimated that, in Seoul, carried out eight million daily commuter trips.
These data show the scale of this infrastructure, which gives an essential service to millions of seulenses. Therefore, facilities are to be found in the best conditions, since an outage or poor delivery would cause serious problems for citizens.
Aside from the successive enlargements of lines, the increasing quality of the structures and elements of the facilities has also contributed to the improvement in Seoul subway service. And elevators can not be logically out of this progress. Moreover, their widespread use is part of any service improvement that boasts.
Two factors are key to its significance. On the one hand, speed and provided with quality service, as do faster and comfortable (do not have to tire up endless stairs). Moreover, the elevators democratize subway service because they increase the possibilities of use by users who have more difficult access to existing architectural barriers, these areas are characterized by the many people in them move and the movement with which these are managed.
The presence of elevators puts it easier for these people, who may deal with more guarantees and urge the use of this public transport. We refer, in particular, for people with mobility problems (especially the disabled, elderly or persons with prams).
The measure Seoul Subway is a success in terms of inclusive public policies, since elevators will be installed in all stations, as you can already tell, there are few. So definitely a work-what Cabe has a cost, but there are governments that take the benefit of the welfare of its citizens. In addition, to mark the solidarity nature of the initiative, this became public on December 3, ie, the International Day of Disabled Persons.
This measure, on the other hand, is inserted into a more comprehensive and ambitious plan to improve access for the disabled to public transportation. In this sense, for example, the inscriptions in Braille for the blind will increase, and the visual information is enhanced through screens, for those with hearing problems. In addition, by 2025 the proportion will rise low-floor buses from 36 to 92%.
Note that these works require planning and spending, which will last until 2022. Those in wheelchairs will have it easier to reach the platform. Lifts will also be installed on stations that, until now, had only wheelchair lifts. Another advantage is in the hands of the placement of auxiliary brackets in cases of more separation between the door and the subway platform. Thus, jams feet or wheelchair users are avoided.
These benefits, finally, add to others already they made Seoul Subway means especially functional and comfortable, such as the English translation of all the names of its stations (which greatly facilitates orientation tourists) Transportation , car parks, bicycle supervised areas and meeting and vending machines.
As controllers of the operation of this measure, you should know that exercise the fifteen members of a council of disabled (a public-private body of the Municipality of Seoul), which should ensure equal access for the disabled to public transportation.
The general advantages of installing lifts
Numerous benefits arising from the use of elevators , both in your private home (if you live in a detached house with heights) and farms or areas of public transport.
Those devices usually need to move to upper and lower heights or transporting them our objects. Therefore, the evolution of lifts and hoists, throughout history, has been remarkable. Much more, of course, from the installation, the mid-nineteenth century, the first elevator in the United States.
Clearly, therefore, the importance of these facilities. Especially in cities where many buildings are built in height or transit stations. Spain, in this respect, stands out as the country with the largest percentage of lifts per inhabitant.
In this regard it is noteworthy that the work of a company based in Barcelona, as AstarLifts (Eninter Group), is very popular in other parts of the world (Africa, Latin America, emerging countries-General -...), where they are not so used to the works of installation, alteration and maintenance of elevators.
At the end of the day, it is very understandable that its citizens want to take advantage of having good lifts , such as:
- Improvement of accessibility, which have already been discussed.
- Recovery of grants and tax credits application. For example, 4,000 euros Housing Plan 2013-2016.
- Energy saving, which can reach more than 40%, if you opt for an efficient model.
- Increase the value of the home. Especially ahead of a possible sale in the secondary market.
- Security, because you will not have loaded up and down stairs, with the danger that entails.
- Reduced traffic. More fluid and quick movements.
- Aesthetics. Elevators and ramps are adapted to the architectural lines of buildings and public transport stations.
In short, the elevators contribute to a better quality of life.