8th September 2018
Guidelines issued for 2022 barrier-free access
The Beijing 2022 organizing committee released guidelines for better barrier-free access on Friday, as Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city in Hebei province, are gearing up for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The Guide to Barrier-free Services for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympics Games lays out requirements for creating a barrier-free environment in preparation for the sports event.
“The release of the guide is not only meant to ensure a successful Olympic Games, but also set up higher standards for barrier-free accessibility across China and boost development of the country’s public services in general,” said Zhou Jian, deputy head of the rights department of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation.
Compared to the Code for Accessibility Design, in effect across China since 2012, which mainly deals with infrastructure, the new guide also features barrier-free access to information and services, such as easy access to sports schedules for the blind and convenient wheelchair rentals.
It also covers the training and management of those offering services, and the maintenance of facilities.