Candidate for the first time this year, Lyon ranked first in the 2018 edition of the Access City Award (among 26 cities) for putting accessibility at the heart of urban life. This award presented at the annual conference of the European Day of Disabled Persons with Disabilities Brussels, reinforces Lyon’s performance in terms of quality of life, highlighted in recent months in several classifications, including that of L’Etudiant (Lyon, France’s #1 city for students). pour ses efforts concrets en matière d’accessibilité des citoyens dans des domaines tels que les services publics, les transports, la culture,Ledossier_-esplanade-1-_Thierry-Fournier-Mtropole-de-Lyon-WEB

The Access City Award recognizes the activities and strategies that European cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants have designed to remove barriers to mobility and make their cities accessible to all, in order to improve the quality of life and work of the city. In other words, Lyon has been recognised for the measures it has taken to improve accessibility for citizens in public services, transport, and culture, etc. For example, public buses are 100% accessible, digital tools for people with disabilities have been developed, access to culture is also guaranteed by means of accessible equipment in libraries (reading, audio book readers, screen magnifiers), etc.

Ljubljana (Slovenia) was recognised for its actions in sustainable development and Luxembourg for its inclusive and civic approach. Viborg (Denmark) also received a “special mention” for access to its heritage and historic centre.

Lyon has claimed the title from Grenoble, which received a special mention in 2012 for the accessibility of its infrastructures.