Antwerp, Belgium

Accessibility information for wheelchair users in OSM and the On Wheels app

Robin Julien


Finding the correct accessibility data about public buildings and public space can be difficult for people with disabilities. Therefor On Wheels has been collecting and sharing data with a user friendly app since 2016. Looking at the future we wanted to make this data open and accessible for everyone by developing a whole new app based on OSM data.

Development process:
  • New accessibility tags for entrances, toilets and elevators.
  • User friendly UI in Flutter
  • Data transfer to OSM
  • Login with personal OSM account

  • App functionalities:
  • 24 categories, like restaurants, hotels, shops, parking spaces, ...
  • Multiple languages
  • An interactive map with categories and wheelchair accessible routes
  • Filter data with personal wheelchair, bike and car profiles
  • Changing locations and adding new locations

  • Research projects:
  • Create a city dashboard with accessibility data from OSM
  • Using Ai and Machine Learning to integrate smart functions in the app
  • Linking with other apps and platforms
  • Sacagawea