People have different experiences when navigating footpaths around the city. Is there any specific challenge that you face over and over again? Are there solutions that, if implemented, would make your mobility much easier?

The Crowd4Access citizen science project ( ) aims at empowering citizens to map the accessibility of cities through crowdsourcing and data analytics. The first question in our journey is: What type of urban elements would we like to see on a map?

To answer this question, we are looking for people to join an online focus group to help us understand what are the urban elements that either support or create barriers for footpath accessibility.

We are looking for people:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • With experience of mobility on footpaths within Galway, Cork or Dublin city centre and suburbs.
  • Use one of the following mobility modalities: 
    • long cane,
    • guide dog,
    • crutches,
    • motorised wheelchair,
    • manually-powered wheelchair, or
    • has low eyesight but does not use any mobility aid.
  • With internet access via computer, tablet or mobile phone; or with access to a phone with the ability to make phone calls.

For more information, access:

If you would like to join the online focus group or would like to learn more about this study, please send an email to Bianca Pereira at

Crowd4Access is a partnership between National University of Ireland Galway and Dublin City University as part of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics. For more information about this citizen science project, please visit