European
accessibility
Part I
The paradox of the Ukrainian pedestrian: when you cross the road, you start the crossing by using a curb cut, but not be able to finish the crossing because of its lack on the other side. The pavement is high there. They just forgot to do it. That's so easy. And it's even easier in Europe, where nothing is forgotten. You cross the street and even do not notice it. Ukraine is moving in the same direction, we have more accessible crossings. Although sometimes we are still experiencing a paradox
of a Ukrainian pedestrian.
In the cities that Dmytro and Kostia have visited during #DostupnoEurotrip people use low-floor transport, and drivers get up to lower the ramp. In Poland there are lower prices in public transport for people with disabilities and one assistant. And in the Czech Republic, there is another system: fto use transport for free, you must present an International Certificate of Disability. The same goes for the entrance to many museums. Ukraine does not issue such certificates. Even though we do need them. In Germany there were no privileges in regard to transportation, the guys paid the full fare.

In one of the buses, two people were on wheelchairs and three women had baby strollers. There was no discomfort for them or the other passengers. All due to the large amount of space in public transport for the groups with low mobility.
Obviously Europe is also not ideal :) Most Macdonalds' had high curbs, without the curb cuts. Especially on gas stations. At the same time, the toilet was fully equipped. Occasionally, ramps tended to have a much steeper angle than the norm. But they were a rarity. And still Dmytro had to lift himself up. In Luxembourg, the tactile paving makes no sense and sometimes seems to be placed randomly.

There were comfortable toilets everywhere. This allows you not to use personal hygiene products. "Pissing in the bush" — not quite an option for a man on a wheelchair.
Near the architectural monuments there were miniature copies of them, created for the blind people. So that they can touch and "see" them. All descriptions are duplicated with Braille text.

In Trier (Germany) you can see an elevator, where you come from one side, but do not need to exit where you came in, rather to the left. This is very cool, because sometimes architecture needs such solutions, and in Ukraine they always claim that this is not real.
There are many people on the wheelchairs. The farther to the west, the more there are people like that on the streets. In Western and Central Europe, you feel more free. You can go out into the street without thinking that you have to analyse the entire route from point A to point B, because you must avoid all inaccessibility on the way. Everything was already adjusted for your comfort. Go out into the street, enjoy life. But one should be remember that the available infrastructure there did not appear by itself:
people had to defend their rights in an inaccessible city and force the authorities to make the space comfortable for everyone.
So there's no point for you in sitting at home.
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