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EUROCITIES: Barrier-Free City for All

23/12/2010 | 0 comments

Eurocities logoThe European network of cities, EUROCITIES, has established a Working Group on Barrier-Free Cities for All. The Group is chaired by Ms. Barbara Berninger, City of Berlin.

Background

On the initiative of Berlin, the working group was formed within the context of the  Mobility Forum in order to learn more about interesting developments in other European cities and bring together a network of stakeholders to promote developments in the field of the "Barrier-free city", both conceptionally and practically.

Stigmatisation and special solutions are to be dispensed with in favour of developing design for all.

Themes for the exchange of experience include:

  • Barrier-free design of traffic and street space
  • Access for all to public transport
  • Barrier-free public spaces (buildings and open spaces)
  • Barrier-free utilisation of services/communication
  • Marketing strategies.

The exchange of experience is focused on how the interface between administration and implementation can be successfully organised using modern technology and equipment, as well as developing forward-looking solutions in cooperation with associations and organisations.

The development of a common level for Europe, combined with an understanding for different problems, would be a meaningful goal.

In the longer-term there are plans to implement experiences and further issues within a special EU project.

The kick-off meeting for the working group took place from March 10 - 12, 2010 in Berlin.

Further Details

 Details of membership, meetings, presentations and meeting minutes of the Barrier-Free Cities for All Working Group are available for downloading from the website of Stadt Berlin.

 Visit the Eurocities website.

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