Students map accessibility of public spaces for wheelchair users


Students across Flanders checked 12,000 public spaces yesterday to test their accessibility for wheelchair users ahead of the release of a new mobile application

New app

Two thousand university-college students in five Flemish cities took to the streets yesterday to map the accessibility of public spaces for wheelchair users. The data will be used for the development of a mobile application, according to the non-profit On Wheels.

The students examined accessibility in about 12,000 public places such as government buildings and restaurants in Antwerp, Eeklo, Ghent, Hasselt and Kortrijk. The students examined three specific aspects of accessibility.

They checked entrances to facilities, including the width and the presence of stairs. Inside, they looked at the width of the passageways and the ability to turn around in a wheelchair. Finally, students checked whether the toilets were accessible and adapted to the needs of wheelchair users.

The data will be integrated into the app On Wheels, which will provide users with specific information on the accessibility of public spaces. The city of Ghent is also a partner in the project.

Photo courtesy Handicare