More than a million PLN will be spent this year on removing architectonic barriers. The money is enough to make changes in more than two hundred places that hinder moving around the city.
This is the third edition of the project of removing architectonic barriers in cooperation with the city and creators of the Warsaw Barriers Map (www.mapabarier.siskom.waw.pl). Every year the Warsaw Council spends 1 million PLN on this purpose. In 2014 for 1 million PLN barriers were removed in 209 places in Warsaw; In 2015 for 1.4 million PLN 211 barriers were removed.
More accessible pavements
The elimination of barriers is not a great investment – the reconstruction of the pavement at a pedestrian crossing is on average an expense of 1.5–4 thousand PLN, but it does not lower their importance, because a lowered curb and the assembly of warning stripes before the roadway edge facilitates the movement of the disabled, older people or parents with pushchairs. The places where barriers are burdensome were selected, but at the same time it is easy and fast to remove them, so that without the need to carry expensive works one can obtain the desired effect.
At bus stops platform curbs were used (rounded at the base) facilitating buses to drive to the edge of the platform. In this way the street became friendlier not just for the disabled, people with movement dysfunction, parents with pushchairs, but also for senior citizens and all the people who find too high curbs or bad condition of the pavement troublesome.
Plans for 2016
This year the Municipal Roads Administration (ZDM) declares changes in 214 places. For many years the city has been gradually modernizing its infrastructure so that it was friendlier for the disabled, people having problems with movement, parents with pushchairs. All new investments are designed so as not to create barriers. Reduced curbs, tiles signalling approaching to the edge of the pavement, etc.. are standard. Municipal Roads Administration, during repairs on the streets and pavements, lowers curbs at pedestrian crossings, lays more comfortable concrete slabs for pushchairs and lifts are assembled at footbridges, flyovers and underpasses.
Also all newly created public utility facilities are adapted for the use by persons who have problems with movement.
Warsaw Tramways buys only low-floor vehicles and modernizes its tracks and bus stop platforms in a complex way and all buses in Warsaw have low floor.
The TUS Foundation has created a search engine for the places available for persons with various kinds of disabilities - including the blind and people with poor vision, the deaf and hard of hearing, persons with movement disability, but also for elderly people and carers with children in pushchairs www.niepelnosprawnik.eu.
Culture without barriers
In cooperation with the Foundation of Culture without Barriers Warsaw sees to it that the capital's cultural offer was increasingly adapted to the needs of the disabled. Under our activities we buy audio description equipment and inductive loops for the cash-desks, train the service staff of the viewer, adjust municipal institutions websites to the needs of the disabled, enrich performances with the audio description function.