Chinese Cities Commit To Accessibility
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 27, 2006
BEIJING, CHINA--One hundred cities across China will work over the next five years to make their facilities more accessible to people with disabilities, the Shanghai Daily has reported.
The announcement came following a report which found that only a few cities had started making public facilities free of the kinds of barriers that have kept people from enjoying their communities.
The study reportedly showed that by 2004, twenty-four percent of sidewalks in 12 "demonstration cities" -- including Beijing and Shanghai -- had special tiles imbedded in them to aide blind walkers, while audio signals had been installed in about 1,100 intersections to let them know when it is safe to cross the street.
The paper also noted that several airports and subways have already been made barrier-free, while buses with lower boarding platforms have been put into use along certain transit routes for wheelchair users.
Beijing is set to host the 13th Paralympic Games from September 6 through 17, 2008.