Accessibility

  • Changing room on the beach for people with reduced mobility
  • Poster that indicates the assisted bathing area for people with disabilities
  • Adapted chairs for swimming at the beach

Accessibility Model

Accessible beaches make it easier for all beachgoers to reach and enjoy them, especially for those that have physical handicaps of some kind. These specific beachgoers have special reserved parking spaces with easy access routes to the sand as well as signs and both visual and tactile information points, toilets that have been adapted for the handicapped along with wooden boardwalks that reach all the way to the water line and showers that come equipped with stationary chairs. 

The 2020 summer bathing season in Barcelona will come to an end on 28 September, and the assisted bathing service will stop operating.

 

During the summer bathing season, ​all the city’s beaches offer services to accompany swimmers and beachgoers during the leisure time they spend at the city’s waterfront. The goal is to guarantee the safety and quality of public spaces and facilitate the coming together of all those who use Barcelona’s waterfront.

Accessibility Model for Barcelona's beaches

We understand accessibility to be an integral part of the design and configuration of any public space in the city. Therefore, making the beaches more accessible not only includes creating specific access points that are designated for those who have certain physical handicaps but also becomes a defining characteristic in the planning of all the beaches, integrated into the global nature of the setting and its interactions.

It is on the basis of this general accessibility that a specific swimmer assistance service has been developed for those people who have a handicap and need help entering and exiting the water.  

Two modalities have been established::

  • Accessible beaches facilitate the ability of all users to access and enjoy them and, especially, those who have some kind of handicap. There are designated parking spaces with access routes that lead to the dry sand, both visual and tactile signs and information points, handicapped restrooms, adapted showers with chairs and wooden footbridges that reach the water as close as possible, although, under no circumstances will they ever touch the water, as its currents could detach the module. There is also public transportation that has been adapted for the handicapped that facilitates access to the beach. This option is available for all of the city’s beaches. 
  • Accessible beaches with assisted bathing services are intended for people with reduced mobility who need personal and technical help to access the water.
    This year’s bathing season has been adapted to the need for applying protective measures against COVID-19 infection, to guarantee the safety and good health of bathers, specialist assistance staff and volunteers. The most important of these measures is to ensure people keep to a social distance of 1.5 metres, hence the change to the service’s user regulations.

New 2020 season regulations for the assisted bathing service for people with reduced mobility

The assisted bathing service, which will finish on 28 September, is intended for people with reduced mobility who are unable to access the sea on their own. It will be provided under the supervision of specialist staff, but without direct contact, with user numbers restrict to fifteen and exclusively under the following conditions to ensure the preventive measures and restrictions to capacity are enforced:

  • Users are advised to bring a personal assistant, to ensure their independence in the following processes:
    - Preparation for bathing.
    - Transferring personal mobility equipment to and from amphibious or hydraulic chairs.
    - Accompaniment during bathing and, when users leave their amphibious or hydraulic chair for a free swim, ensuring they are able to leave and return.

Assistance times and period

Access to the assisted bathing service for people with reduced mobility comes with the new regulatory changes to times and assistance points:

The assistance period runs:

  • From 4 July to 27 September, every day of the week

Public assistance times are as follows:

  • Nova Icària beach: from 11 am to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Fòrum swimming area: from 11 am to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm

The assistance points for the assisted bathing service at Barceloneta and Llevant beaches remain closed.

Accessibility Model

Accessible beaches make it easier for all beachgoers to reach and enjoy them, especially for those that have physical handicaps of some kind. These specific beachgoers have special reserved parking spaces with easy access routes to the sand as well as signs and both visual and tactile information points, toilets that have been adapted for the handicapped along with wooden boardwalks that reach all the way to the water line and showers that come equipped with stationary chairs. 

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