A Tale Of Two Cities' Accessibility
August 2, 2004
BARCELONA, SPAIN & BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--Only 835 miles separate Barcelona and Brussels.
But they are worlds apart when it comes to accessibility for people with disabilities, according to BBC Online disability affairs reporter Geoff Adams-Spink.
Barcelona, which Adams-Spink dubs "City of Access", rates high in accessibility because of all of the work done in the Mediterranean coastal city to prepare for the 1992 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"The Games were the catalyst for making Barcelona one of the most disabled friendly cities in Europe -- and work is still going on to improve its accessibility," he wrote.
Brussels, on the other hand, gets the name "City of Barriers".
"In the city's historic, cobbled streets preserving heritage has triumphed over providing access," Adams-Spink lamented.
"Until EU member states can agree on common standards of accessibility, traveling within and between them will continue to be something of a lottery for disabled people," he concluded.