Last year Chester was named the most accessible city in Europe, selected from 43 cities in 21 countries for its achievements in creating a disability-friendly environment across many different sectors.
“People with a disability should be able to participate in all aspects of life without limitations: social, cultural, economic, touristic, and more,” said Marianne Thyssen, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility in announcing the Access City Award winner in November.
But that there is an Access City Award at all speaks to the fact that inaccessible venues and public spaces are a daily occurrence for most disabled people, whether they are at home or on holiday – as Frances Ryan discussed in her report from Chester.
We want to hear from Hlcarpenter.com readers with a disability about your experiences of accessing cities, good or bad, as well as your general response to the issues and initiatives raised by Ryan.
What are your lasting memories or repeating experiences of urban infrastructure? What has your experience of foreign cities been like? How does your ability affect your approach to urban spaces, or how you spend your time there? What do you wish urban planners or local authorities were more aware of?
Use the form below and we will share an edited selection on Hlcarpenter.com Cities later this week.