A new study has revealed London is the second most accessible city in the world. The study was carried out by Dojo, a card payment solution company, and was based on factors such as the percentage of accessible restaurants, cafes and pubs, the percentage of hotels in each city which had facilities for disabled guests, and the number of accessible things to do, all using information from TripAdvisor, along with the percentage of parking spaces which are accessible, using Parkopedia data.
It’s estimated that worldwide around one billion people live with some form of disability so accessibility is an important factor when living in or travelling to cities across the globe. After tallying up all of the scores, an index score out of a possible 141 was given. The top 10 most accessible cities in the world were then revealed based on their total score.
Coming in at 10th was Bogota, which is the capital of Colombia. Their index score was 78, just a few points behind Buenos Aires which comes in at ninth with an index score of 86. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has a population of over 15 million.
Santiago, Singapore, Lima, Rome and Madrid take up eighth to fourth leaving just three countries left. The top three are all in major European countries.
Coming in at number three is Berlin, where there are over 172 wheelchair-friendly things to do and 58 percent of the parking is reported to be accessible. Berlin also has the highest number of accessible hotels out of the cities analysed, with 53.8 percent having facilities for disabled guests.
Coming in at a very respectable second is London. England’s capital offers 511 activities with wheelchair access. Whether you want to enjoy a classic pint in a traditional quaint English pub or feast on a scone and jam in a cafe, London scores the second highest for wheelchair accessibility in both (45.5 percent and 36.5 percent respectively)
And taking the top spot is the city of love - Paris. The French capital scores the most highly out of the cities analysed across the board for wheelchair friendly cafes (41 percent) , restaurants (26.9 percent) and pubs (33.5 percent). There are also 309 wheelchair-friendly sightseeing spots and activities to do and 74 percent accessible parking spaces around the city.
Top 10 most accessible cities in the world
- Paris, France
- London, England
- Berlin, Germany
- Madrid, Spain
- Rome, Italy
- Lima, Peru
- Santiago, Chile
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Bogota, Colombia