Czech Capital Has A Long Way To Go Toward Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 4, 2004
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC--During the Communist Era, officials either ignored or specifically forbade barrier-free design in public accommodations.
One example of this is Prague's metro system which was built beginning in the 1960s. In this city of 1.2 million people, only 15 out of 47 stations in Prague's metro system are accessible to people with disabilities.
It's been nearly a decade and a half since the collapse of communism, and the city has made some progress in moving toward accessibility, the Prague Post reported Thursday.
Prague has adopted a new "Mobility Program" designed to provide financial support for building entrances to be made accessible beginning next year.
One of the most frustrating barriers, however, has been the attitude of the public and police regarding accessible parking.
One family said that they often are blocked out of designated parking areas by limousines and other vehicles that park there illegally. They also said that they had been ticketed by police for parking illegally, even when they had the designated parking placard. Police explained later that there had been so many violations that they often ticketed those who were parked legally.
"Disabled Praguers bemoan access" (Prague Post)