The Greenways4ALL catalogue is available
The Greenways4ALL catalogue includes currently 10 products of Accesible Tourism around Greenways from Spain and Portugal. It’s only fair to share…
How to make accessible greenways?
Key recommendations for making greenways accessible When designing accessible greenways we need to take into consideration a set of minimum, technical, accessibility-related criteria in order to ensure that greenways can be used and enjoyed by everyone – including people with disabilities – under safe and comfortable conditions. Accessibility to natural spaces has been less well developed than accessibility in urban environments. For this reason we believe it is essential to provide some guidelines that can be implemented not only on greenways but also in any action carried out in natural areas, such as paths, nature trails, etc. We are confident that this brochure will help European greenway planners and managers to develop initiatives aimed at improving accessibility along their routes and making greenways an integrating element for the development of accessible tourism experiences and products. All this technical information, best practices for accessible greenways in Europe, and plenty more besides is available in the Greenways4ALL “Practical Guide to Opening Up the Territory to Accessible Greenways”. (in Spanish). Brochures are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese Download from http://greenways4all.org/publications/ It’s only fair to share…
The Practical Guide to Accessible Tourism on Greenways is out now!
The guide covers general aspects of accessible tourism, best practices for greenways in Spain and Europe, and includes a section with recommendations for the design of greenways for everyone.
Building accessible tourism products in Greenways
This project is already advancing towards the creation of accessible tourism products based on greenways. With the knowledge of the real offer of accessible tourism in the two pilot territories on which this project is focused – Vía Verde de la Sierra. Cadiz-Seville and Ecopista do Dao Viseu Dao Lafoes region. Portugal –, after the initial few months the project is already in the creation phase of an accessible tourist product based on greenways. Some data. For the Vía Verde de la Sierra greenway, 134 resources were analysed by telephone, 69 of them being eligible for auditing in terms of accessibility by complying with the minimum criteria. Once all of them were analysed, 43 of them were found to be accessible or usable. This means that 31% of the resources and tourist companies of the municipalities which this greenway passes through are potential candidates for accessible greenway-based products. See the accessible offer in Vía Verde de la Sierra>> In the case of the Ecopista do Dao greenway (Portugal), 29 resources and companies were found to be accessible or usable (25%). See accessible offer in Ecopista do Dao>> Visiting the companies and the accessible tourist resources The 3 SMEs taking part in this project, Accessible Madrid, Turismo Vivencial and AstroAndalus, together with […]
Workshop “Accessible Tourism and European Greenways”
The European Greenways Association, the Spanish Railways Foundation, as project coordinator partner of “Greenways4ALL” project and Predif, the Spanish Representative Platform for Physically Disabled Persons, organize this workshop in the framework of FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair. The objective is to publicize the “Greenways4ALL” project and share experiences on accessible tourism, improving accessibility around greenways and the dissemination of these routes as resources for all. It is aimed at political and technical professionals at national, regional and local level, county councils, municipalities, greenways managers, experts, entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector, the third sector and specialized media. When: Friday January 30th; 10:00 – 14:30 Where: IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Sala N115. 1ª Planta. Centro de Convenciones Norte. (Entrada Norte) How to arrive Language: Spanish See Program here Registration Form Participation is free of charge, previous registration at: email@example.com It’s only fair to share…
The conference “Greenways4ALL: Accessible Tourism on European Greenways” has been held
The conference “Greenways4ALL: Accessible Tourism on European Greenways” has been held On Friday, September 30 a conference organized by the FFE and the European Greenways Association was held. Its purpose was to present the new “Greenways4ALL” project and share experiences regarding accessible tourism, enhancing greenway accessibility, and the dissemination of these itineraries as resources for everyone. The conference was a great success in terms of turnout, with over 50 attendees, among which were the partners of this European project, political and technical government representatives, greenway managers, accessibility experts, entrepreneurs, tourism sector workers, and third sector workers. The conference featured a great many top level speakers, among which were representatives from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Segittur, PREDIF, ONCE Foundation, EGWA, FFE, Fundación También, and CEOMA. Other keynote speakers were the managers of the Greenway de la Sierra in Spain and the Ecopista do Dao in Portugal. The panel speaking on behalf of greenway users and the companies specializing in accessible and experiential tourism also aroused a great deal of interest. One of the main conclusions drawn from the conference was that accessibility and design for everyone is a fundamental factor not only for the inclusion of everyone in the […]
“Local Accesibility Agreement” for La Sierra greenway and Ecopista do Dao
Local Accessibility Agreements were signed by EGWA members La Sierra Greenway and Ecopista Do Dão as part of the Greenways4All project In the month of October representatives from PREDIF (Representative State Platform for Physically Disabled Persons) and the Spanish Railway Foundation met managers from two Greenways4ALL project members, La Sierra Greenway (Cadiz-Seville) and Ecopista do Dão (Viseu, Portugal), at two events whose purpose was to train the technical staff of each area in matters of accessibility. At the close of each event a “Local Accessibility Agreement” was signed by the host greenway. The “Local Accessibility Agreement” for La Sierra Greenway (Cadiz-Seville) was reached during the event held on October 19 and 20 at Olvera station. Representatives from PREDIF and the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE), in collaboration with the La Sierra Greenway Foundation, organized a training workshop for greenway managers and owners of tourism establishments. This event included a technical visit to and an accessibility assessment of a stretch of the greenway and of a number of different types of establishments such as accommodation, restaurants and an interpretation centre. The schedule also included a presentation and a short dissemination session on accessible tourism and greenways. In the framework of this event […]
Conference “Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All”
The European Greenways Association and the Spanish Railways Foundation, as project coordinator partner of “Greenways4ALL” project organize on Friday, September 30, the first conference of this European project which began last July 1, 2016. The conference will take place at the FFE headquarters (C / Santa Isabel, 44, Madrid). The conference “Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All” aims to publicize the “Greenways4ALL” project and share experiences on accessible tourism, improving accessibility around greenways and the dissemination of these routes as resources for all. It is aimed at political and technical professionals at national and regional level, county councils, municipalities, greenways managers, experts, entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector, the third sector and specialized media. View Program >> The conference is the starting point of the European project Greenways4ALL with the aim of moving towards a product that meets the value chain of accessibility; from the accessible travel path to an accessible experience. Thus, accessibility is the common element to all resources that integrate the tourism product: walking the greenway, eating in restaurants in the area, lodging in the immediate vicinity to the greenway, visiting museums or doing some shopping, among others options. The project is coordinated by […]
Presentations are Available- “Greenways4ALL: Accessible Tourism on European Greenways”
Presentations of the launching Conference “Accessible Tourism On European Greenways: Greenways for All ” are available in Spanish and summary of the conference in English and Spanish