Traveling can quickly become a hassle when you’re in a wheelchair, and that’s a shame. Fortunately, there are cities that are making a lot of effort to make themselves more and more accessible, so you just have to choose your destination carefully according to the infrastructures adapted to wheelchair traffic. History that it rolls like on wheels what.
There are already a lot of things to see in Singapore, but in addition, 20 years ago it was one of the major pioneering cities in the launch of an accessibility program for people with disabilities. For example, a large number of sidewalks in the city have been lowered to allow wheelchair traffic. Ditto for access to buildings where the steps on the threshold have been removed. As for public transport, they have also been designed to accommodate the visually impaired and people with reduced mobility.
Spain and more particularly Catalonia have long emphasized the accessibility of cities for people with disabilities. In Barcelona, for example, 80% of metro stations and 100% of buses are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs. The roads and sidewalks are also free of cobblestones, which makes it easy to move around. Even the beach is accessible to people with reduced mobility. For more information, this site shares a lot of useful information on the subject.
For some wheelchair travelers, Sydney is by far the easiest city to visit. From public transport, through taxis, ferries, hotels, shops and restaurants, everything or almost everything here is done to allow people with reduced mobility not to be even more so. There is even an official website (in English) which lists all the activities, in and around the city, accessible to everyone.
As in many areas, Melbourne is struggling with Sydney when it comes to wheelchair accessibility. Many associations and organizations are there to facilitate stays in terms of transport, accommodation, shopping, and travel throughout the Victoria region. To find out more, just one address: fr.visitmelbourne.com
Dublin is proof that a city with a history of more than 1000 years can adapt perfectly over time to mobility issues. In addition to facilities to promote accessibility for all, whether in public transport, museums, shops or pubs, people with disabilities can also count on the help of the city’s inhabitants… even when they don’t don’t necessarily need :).
The observation is valid for all major Japanese cities. Trains and metros are all equipped with wheelchair ramps. Elevators, buttons at the correct height. The metro maps specify access for people with reduced mobility, as well as the paths to take. Finally, for the toilets, trust the Japanese to think of everything. As we know, when it comes to the throne, it is clearly the kings.
Sweden is one of the easiest countries to visit for people with reduced mobility. This is also the case of Gothenburg, which won the Access City Award in 2014, proof of its commitment to access for people with disabilities. Even the Liseberg, Scandinavia’s largest theme park, is equipped to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs.
Transport accessible to all, sidewalks wide enough to circulate in a wheelchair, absence of steps like so many Everest to cross, adapted toilets, Manchester also knows how to welcome tourists with reduced mobility. Even the restaurants, pubs and the Old Trafford stadium for football fans have been designed to accommodate people in wheelchairs, provided of course they don’t wander around too much in the distant suburbs.
While not everyone is welcome in Austria these days, people with disabilities can move freely in the capital. In particular, the city has removed its cobblestones, laid out the curbs of the sidewalks, while elevators make it possible to reach the metro in a wheelchair, and lowered floors to get on the trams. As for museums and main tourist (and shopping) sites, they are often arranged to guarantee accessibility to all.
10. Nantes (and Grenoble)
Impossible to finish this top without taking a look at our side. In France, cities like Grenoble but also Nantes, stand out in terms of accessibility for all. The historic capital of Brittany, for example, has put in place infrastructures to promote the mobility of people in wheelchairs, whether in its transport, its accommodation, but also its roads. As for Grenoble, often cited as a model for adapting its infrastructure to disability issues, 68% of its sidewalks are already accessible to people in wheelchairs.