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ISEMOA Good Practice Fact Sheet

Title in original language Zon, zee ... zorgeloos: Een toegankelijk strand voor iedereen
Title in English Sun, sea … without worries: An accessible beach for all
Location West-Flanders, Belgium
Year 2006 - 2011
Initiator Regional administration
Developed by
(one pick only)
  • Administration / Political actor
  • Organization
Implementation Area
  • Municipality
  • City
  • Region
  • Rural
Supported accessibility level
  • Micro accessibility
Elements of the working process - Preconditions
  • User needs
Elements of the working process - Strategy
  • Programme / Plan
  • Partnerships
  • People
  • Budget
Elements of the working process - Implementation
  • Accessibility measures and accessibility planning
Elements of the working process - Monitoring and Evaluation
  • User / society results
Type of PRM Affected
  • Visual impaired
  • Motor impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Cognitive / Learning impaired
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - Tram
  • Stops / stations
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - other
  • Name: Public beach wheel chair
  • Service
  • Vehicle
  • Stops / stations
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Pedestrian / wheelchair
  • Availability
  • Quality
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Road Design
  • Freedom of barriers
  • Quality
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - other
  • Name: Public toilets and showers
  • Availability
  • Quality
Why is it a good practice example? During the summer period, eight coastal cities/municipalities invest in making their beaches accessible for all. This is realised by combining a number of infrastructural changes with the involvement of trained assistants.
Background and Objectives / Aims The project started in 2006 in two coastal cities. It was initiated by the Province of West-Flanders, together with Intro vzw, an accessibility expertise centre that focuses on the accessibility of events. Year after year more and more municipalities/cities joined the project. In 2011 already 8 coastal places assure accessible beaches for all, every day during the summer period (July-August) from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Implementation (incl. obstacles, public participation) The project combines a number of infrastructural changes with personal assistance. Infrastructural changes: 1) accessible road from the tram stop, 2) accessible toilets, shower and change room, 3) option to hire beach wheelchairs and 4) paved path on the beach.

Trained assistants help with transferring people to a beach wheelchair, assist them with personal care, accompany people from point of arrival to the beach etc. They can be called upon on the beach or booked in advance.
Conclusions (incl. output, analysis of benefits) Five years ago, the project 'Sun, sea,...without worries' started in only two coastal locations. Currently eight cities/municipalities are involved and the province aims to involve them all (19) in the medium term.

Last year the province received 1,258 questions about the project and distributed 3,430 flyers. Over the two summer months, 2,805 persons made use of the special services and infrastructure adapted to PRM (special toilets, wheel chair, etc). The trained assistants intervened 718 times. Both these figures were 10% higher in 2010 than in 2009.
Source / Link Information about project with extra pictures, promofilm... in Dutch http://www.west-vlaanderen.be/kwaliteit/Welzijn/gelijkekansen/toegankelijkheid/zonzeezorgeloos/Pages/default.aspx
Information - documents Information_folder_in_English_Dutch_French_German.pdf (525 KB)
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