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ZuriACT (Zurich Accessible CiTy)


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ZuriACT - Data collection training workshop

Join us for an engaging workshop focused on virtual spatial accessibility data collection and gaining insights from diverse participants. 

This workshop aims to enhance our understanding of street elements (stairs, ramps, curbs, etc.) and their impact on accessibility for individuals with different mobility needs.

We invite persons with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, and parents with pushchairs interested in enriching sidewalk accessibility data in District 1 of the city of Zurich to participate,  sharing their valuable perspectives, and contributing to moving toward a more accessible city of Zurich. 

- 13 October, 14:00 - 15:30
- 18 October, 16:00 - 17:30
- 20 October, 14:00 - 15:30
- 25 October, 14:00 - 15:30

Please register using the link below

Introductory Workshop Highlights

Focus Group Discussion: An interactive focus group discussion provided a platform for participants to express their hopes, concerns, and expectations related to sidewalk accessibility in the city. This open dialogue helped to gather valuable insights and know-how about sidewalk mobility needs in Zurich from a diverse group of participants, including persons with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, and parents with pushchairs. 

Primary Data Collection with Project Sidewalk tool: Participants were introduced to the Project Sidewalk web application and experienced firsthand data collection using street view imageries and virtual audits.    

ZuriACT – Scientifica 2023

The last day of August marked a momentous occasion as we unveiled "ZuriACT (Zurich Accessible CiTy) – Towards a More Accessible and Inclusive City" at Switzerland's largest science festival, Scientifica 2023.

Here's a glimpse into the highlights of our event:

Part 1: We embarked on an enlightening guided walking tour, traversing from Helmhaus to the central library. Along the way, we explored accessible and inaccessible routes, pausing to discuss footway barriers – paving the path toward a more inclusive city for different population groups.

Part 2: We delved into the heart of the ZuriACT project, sharing insights on how it can catalyze positive change and enhance accessibility in District 1 of Zurich. Afterward, participants could engage in an open dialogue, asking questions and sharing their valuable concerns and feedback. This inclusive discussion truly encapsulated the spirit of collaboration that fuels our #citizenscience mission.

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated participants, Scientifica organizers from UZH and Stadt Zurich, especially Theo von Däniken and Aline Amrein, and my exceptional team, François Ruettimann, Robert Weibel, Annina Ardüser,  Alexandra Ioana Georgescu, and Alexandros Sofios, whose passion and hard work transformed this event into a memorable experience.

We're driving change and forging a more accessible future for all. Join us on this incredible journey! 
ZuriACT webpage: 


Barrier-free and inclusive mobility in the city of Zurich


Flyer as PDF (EN) (PDF, 239 KB)  

The University of Zurich, in collaboration with the city of Zurich, is launching the pilot project “ZuriACT: Zurich Accessible CiTy” for barrier-free and inclusive mobility in District 1 of the city of Zurich.

Existing routing services and digital maps fail to provide practical navigation guidance for disabled people in terms of mobility due to the lack of relevant information (e.g., sidewalk inclination, crossings, and ramps) to the needs of these user groups, which results inincomplete routing results or results that may not always reflect real-world conditions.

The ZuriACT pilot project aims to remedy this situation by providing a basis for a systematic collection and enrichment of accessibility features with and for citizens in Zurich. Valuable know-how from the "Digital Society Initiative", the competence center for co-designing the digital transformation of society and science at the University of Zurich, will be incorporated into the project.

  • In workshops and focus group discussions, the initial data collection specifications developed by the project team will be further discussed with citizens in order to collect key information about the relevant accessibility features to be collected, the data collection design, and methodology and make sure that the needs, knowledge, demand, and interests of the involving participants have been taken into account in all the stages of the project.
  • In data crowdsourcing, with the help of digital web tools that allow for virtual inspections and measurements of accessibility features by using street view images, we contribute to collecting and enriching accessibility information of the city of Zurich. The enriched data will serve as a basis for personalized routing services that consider the needs of disabled people in terms of mobility.

We are still looking for participants
For the project described above, we are looking for community-dwelling older adults with agerelated mobility impairments, parents with pushchairs, disabled people in terms of mobility, and their relatives or caregivers who would like to share their know-how and help contribute to the inclusivity of the city of Zurich. Participation will be compensated with a contribution towards expenses.

Register now for our citizen science project and help us lay the groundwork to make the city of Zurich more accessible for everyone.
To participate, you must be at least 18 years old.

Do you have any questions?
Please send us an email:
Hoda Allahbakhshi, Project leader (Language: English)
Annina Ardüser, Research assistant (Language: German)

Flyer as PDF (EN) (PDF, 239 KB)