Open Survey Pushes London 2012 Accessibility

A major survey has been commissioned to improve accessibility in London for all people with and without a disability, for the purpose of creating the most inclusive Paralympic Games in 2012. 07 Apr 2009 By IPC

The Deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes, has made an official call on everyone who has any difficulty getting around the British capital to bring in their ideas and suggestions to improve the city ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Mr. Barnes said that all Paralympians, spectators and visitors must be able to participate in what London has to offer without experiencing obstacles.

The goal of the survey is to bring in everybody who finds it difficult to get around the city, including persons with a disability, parents with young children and older adults. The city’s government sees this as a great opportunity to show the world an inclusive and accessible London in 2012, making hospitality services available for everyone.

Citizens of London, as well as visitors can reflect in the survey on their own personal experiences of the capital. Questions in this first major consultation include:

Best and worst things about London

Attractions you would most like to visit but cannot because you find them inaccessible

Practical changes hotel owners could implement to make locations more accessible

This accessibility survey is held in partnership with Direct Enquiries, the Nationwide Access Register. It is part of a series, and other surveys will follow, covering a range of issues like parking and getting around London, as well as how people are treated in the city.

Direct Enquiries was launched in January 2003, and currently receives over four million hits every month from people looking for accessible businesses. For more information about Direct Enquiries, please visit