City of Bath undergoes extensive wheelchair access assessment

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Volunteers in the city of Bath have launched a new project to assess and improve information on wheelchair accessibility across the area.

The Accessible Bath project will assess wheelchair access in different parts of the city in order to create an access map and identify areas which require access improvements.

Locations in the city were rated, photographed and volunteers have so far increased coverage from 33% of the target area, to 57%, with 683 ratings being recorded.

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It is hoped that the target area will achieve 100% coverage by the end of October and the map will then be available to use on an app.

The project is using Wheelmap.org – an online map for gathering crowd-sourced information about the wheelchair accessibility of public places. A simple traffic light system is used for marking places according to their wheelchair accessibility.

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