The Wheelmap iPhone App is the mobile app for Wheelmap.org, an open, free and online map of the world for wheelchair-accessible places, provided by the nonprofit organisation Sozialhelden e.V.
With the app, you can find, mark and add accessible and less accessible public places on a virtual map with your iPhone oder iPad. You can also upload images and add specific information about places.
With the information provided, mobility-impaired people can easily find out which underground stations, restaurants, cafés or clubs around them are accessible and which are not. This makes it easier for people in wheelchairs to get around and to participate in society, while at the same time creating more public awareness for their needs and rights. Everyone can get involved and help by marking the wheelchair accessibility of public places.
In a first step, you can mark the general wheelchair accessibility of a place according to a simple traffic light system:
Green = fully wheelchair accessible
The entrance is stepless AND all rooms are accessible without steps.
Yellow = partially wheelchair accessible
The entrance is stepless, but not all rooms inside are accessible without steps. OR: The entrance has a small step (up to max. 7 cm height / 3 inches) and the most important rooms inside are accessible without steps. OR: The entrance has one or two steps, but there is a mobile ramp for bridging those steps and the most important rooms are accessible without steps.
Red = not wheelchair accessible
The entrance has a high step (over 7 cm) or several steps.
The second tagging option applies to the wheelchair accessibility of the WC of a place, which – if available – you can mark in the following way:
Green = toilet is wheelchair accessible
Doorway’s inner width is at least 90 cm (35 in)
Clear turning space is at least 150 cm × 150 cm (59 x 59 in)
Wheelchair-height toilet seat
Foldable grab rails (or something similar)
Wheelchair accessible sink
Red = toilet is not wheelchair accessible
Locations and toilets that still need to be tagged are marked in grey and can be quickly and easily marked by anyone with a few clicks. No registration or login is required.
In the new version of the app, you can add new locations by entering the address and the exact location directly on OpenStreetMap. The same applies when updating the address or other basic information about a place.
Wheelmap is based on OpenStreetMap and works similar to Wikipedia - everyone can contribute to improving the collected information.
Wheelmap was developed by the non-profit organisation Sozialhelden e.V. It is Sozialhelden's aim to address social issues with innovative approaches.
- Completely overhauled app design with simplified navigation and a new base map.
- With many more additional places! Now, Wheelmap displays wheelchair accessible places not only from OpenStreetMap, but also from FourSquare, HERE WeGo, Jaccede, AXSMap, and from many more data sources, which are regularly updated. You can still edit places that come from OpenStreetMap, the other entries are edited on the corresponding platforms by the communities of our partners.
- For many places, Wheelmap now displays more details about accessibility; for example if a place is quiet, if it has automatic doors at the entrance or if there is an induction loop.
- Wheelmap shows which public elevators and escalators are in operation. Facilities that are not in service are colored red. By tapping on an elevator, you directly see alternative elevators that you can use. This feature is limited to Germany for now, but we are working on solutions to extend it internationally.
- Places are shown in clusters now when you zoom out: This way you can estimate the overall wheelchair accessibility of a whole city district.
- It is now easier to tap on single markers because they do not overlap anymore, and the new layout does not hide markers when changing the zoom level.
- A faster find-as-you-type search supports fuzzy searches like ‘cafe new york’.
- New filter presets allow you to hide everything that’s not important for you.
- A new image upload feature has explanations that should lead to better quality photos of places.
- Places now have a button to directly open your own default maps application on your phone/tablet at the right location.
- You can share places on Whatsapp and Telegram now.
Ratings and Reviews
Not much info at the moment, great idea, if people add to the database ( via the get engaged bit on the app ) instead of just saying there's not a lot of info there will be more information for others to use - spare 5 mins of your time to help others in the future.
Not sure this will take off
As others have said, it's a good idea but I doubt that it will take off unless it already contained quite a lot of useful information. In that case, people would probably help to 'fine-tune' the information.
But there is very little info (I tried both the Uk and France), and I'm therefore not sure this app will work as the developers hope ...
Needs more data and a full English translation
Good idea but there is limited data at present. Could be useful if more people input their local information. An app like this is badly needed.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.