City of Kolin (Czech Republic)
Kolín is an industrial city (chemical industry, car production, machine-industries, food industry and printing industry, and others) lying in the Central Bohemia region, in the centre of the Czech Republic, about 60 km east of Prague. It is situated in a flat area on the banks of the river Elbe (Labe), its average altitude is 220 meters above the sea level. Kolín is an important transport junction – it is at a crossing of 5 rail roads, and close to Kolín, 10 km in the north, there is an important highway connecting the Czech capital Prague with the two largest cities in the East Bohemian Region – Hradec Králové and Pardubice. Crossing the river Elbe are two bridges used for motorised traffic with sidewalks for pedestrians, one rail bridge (now reconstructed as a lift bridge) and a small bridge only for non-motorised traffic.
Actual state of accessibility-work
In Kolín, responsibility for accessibility work is split among the city and the regional authorities: The city government is responsible for local planning, city public transport, and for planning, construction and maintenance of the local road-network (with an exception of the main roads), construction and maintenance of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ infrastructure. The regional authorities are responsible for regional roads and regional public transport.
The accessibility-work of the city follows the national law of the Czech Republic, mainly focused on the process of preparation of construction work. The city tries to support the local non-profit organisations helping people with limited mobility. In the area of land-use planning and local development the concept of accessibility is not an important topic, yet.
The city government of Kolín implemented the ISEMOA method in order to find out where the weak points in their accessibility work are, and in order to get inspiration of how to improve their accessibility work. The ISEMOA-team, consisting of 15 members, was very active and long discussions occurred during the ISEMOA implementation. That is why one more meeting had to take place. A site-visit was organised for the ISEMOA-team as well as for interested people from the city hall.
The main result was an agreement to prepare a trail connecting the main city areas (the city historic centre, main train station and a centre for disabled people) and ask for financial support from the Czech National Programme on Mobility. The ISEMOA-team meetings also provided the first opportunity for staff of the city hall transport and land-use planning departments to meet with representatives of groups of people with limited mobility.
Quotes of local stakeholders
“Site-visit really helped me to have a better idea about needs of disabled.” (Head of the city planning department)