Lyon wins the 2018 Access City Award

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On 5 December, the European Commission awarded Lyon with the 2018 Access City Award, on the occasion of the ‘European day for people with disabilities’. The city won the award for its actions of making accessibility a central element of its local development plan.

The city looks at accessibility from a horizontal approach and treats it as a universal issue, showing that accessibility benefits everyone in the city. People with disabilities are involved in all aspects of the city life. The public buses are 100% accessible and so is access to culture through inclusion of accessible equipment in libraries, such as reading machines, audiobook readers and magnifying screens. Digital tools are available to help the mobility and participation of people with disabilities. Lyon is also a model in promoting inclusion at work given that 7.8% of its civil servants are people with a disability, which is well above the minimum at national level. Check out a short video about Lyon’s accessibility initiatives:

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility said that the achievements of these cities “can be an inspiration for many other cities, but also for all regional and national authorities.”

The European Commission rewarded Ljubljana with the second place for integrated accessibility in its overall policy. The city appointed a special advisory committee with elderly and people with disabilities on board so that they are directly involved in the city’s policymaking.

EUROCITIES is proud of the achievements of our members in the field of accessibility and we will continue promoting Lyon and Ljubljana’s work as drivers in diversity and inclusion at local level. 

The Access City Award is an initiative of the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum. It is awarded every year following a selection procedure based on applications received from European cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. The Award aims to reward cities for their efforts in improving accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living. The Access City Award is an action foreseen in the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 aiming to create a barrier-free Europe for people with disabilities. Find more about the award here:

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