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The 2011 Edition of the EU Access City Award is Now Open for Applications

07/07/2011 | 2 comments

Access City Awards logo Logo of the EU Access City Award

Put your city on the European map as a proactive supporter of accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The Access City Award sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50,000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment.

In the context of a steadily ageing population living in European cities and its correlation with disabilities, accessibility has important social and economic benefits.

2011 Awards

The new edition of the Access City Award is now open for applications. The deadline for submission is 20 September 2011. The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 1-2 December 2011.

The award is given to the city that:

  • has demonstrably improved accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living:
  • the built environment and public spaces;
  • transport and related infrastructure;
  • information and communication, including Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
  • public facilities and services.
  • is committed to continued improvements in accessibility in a sustainable way;
  • can act as a role model and encourage the adoption of best practices in all other European cities.

Share your ideas through this competition and make more initiatives happen.

Let the Access City Award have pride of place in your Town Hall. Your success can be an inspiration to other cities across Europe.

More Information and Participation Forms

Access City Award Website:
http://www.accesscityaward.eu/index_en.htm

Contact
European Secretariat of the Access City Award
Email: secretariat (at) accesscityaward.eu
Tel / fax +48 22 826 84 05


Strengthen your bid by joining ENAT and publishing your achievements in the
ENAT Accessible Cities webpages

 

2 comment(s) posted

Posted by Ambrose Ivor on 2011/09/18 - 14:44:03

Added by Ivor Ambrose (Web Editor) on the request of an ENAT member.
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Why did the Commission or Jury of the 2010 Award not send any comments to those cities that did not win the award? At least one city which applied (but did not win) had expected to get some feedback about the "weaknesses" of their entry. This would have been helpful in case they should wish to apply again for the award.
So this year, not having had any feedback, they will probably not apply again.
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Posted by Ambrose Ivor on 2011/09/18 - 14:45:48

Added by Ivor Ambrose (Web Editor) on the request of an ENAT member.
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I read with interest of the new edition of the Access City Award. I saw it last year and signaled it to my own city council but they did not act on it even when I told them that my city would fit the criteria as an accessible city.
The city I live in is not exactly a tourist trap but its not off the beaten track. It has excellent transport links: good train links, buses are accessible, plentiful accessible taxis when you need them ( even during the school run hours).
The shops are accessible. It has demonstrably improved accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living with a reasonable amount of its built environment and public spaces.
I believe in its commitment to continue improvements in accessibility in a sustainable way – it does do consultations in access considerations with its disabled citizens.
I had hoped that the city will continue to improve if it took part in this competition but it does not seem to want to.
Somebody cynically commented that it would not welcome the award in case getting it swells its disabled population.

My question: why doesn’t EU Access Award ask citizens of eligible cities to nominate their cities?

Eleanor Lisney
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