Wheelchair Accessibility Visualization (5)

Wheelchair accessibility is an important aspect of ensuring equal rights for all. Basic transportation needs should be met by the state and everyone has the right to travel in the same manner. This article focuses on the number of metro stations in big cities around the world that are not fully wheelchair accessible. Some stations “require ramps and staff assistance to board trains”, so these were not considered fully accessible, only those that people in wheelchairs can use independently (Van Mead 2017).

The data is displayed as subway maps, with the stops/lines that are not accessible lightened in color. The cities that were the most surprising were Paris and London with only 9 out of 303 and 50 out of 270, respectively. The full subway map is shown first, then the accessible map is under it, making it a very easy and clear comparison.

The visualizations are very effective and powerful, but what is more significant is the fact that these are major developed cities in the world who are lacking in this regard. Only Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. have achieved 100% accessibility in all of the stations.


Mead, Nick Van. “Access Denied: Wheelchair Metro Maps versus Everyone Else’s.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 21 Sept. 2017, www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/21/access-denied-disabled-metro-maps-versus-everyone-elses.

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