Wheelmap.org is an online, worldwide map for finding and marking wheelchair accessible places, developed by the German nonprofit organization Sozialhelden eVAnyone can find and add to a simple traffic light system. The map, which is based on OpenStreetMap , was created in 2010 by a team around social entrepreneur Raul Krauthausen to help people who use wheelchairs or wheeled walkers to plan their days more easily. Parents pushing a baby carriage can also benefit from the wheelmap information. Currently almost 600,000 public places worldwide can be found on the map. About 300 new places are added on a daily basis. Wheelmap is available on the iOS , Android and Windows Phone . [1]


Anyone can mark points of interest (bus stations, restaurants, cinemas, museums, banks, government offices, etc.). According to their wheelchair accessibility on Wheelmap. A simple traffic light system is used to the wheelchair accessibility of a place: [2] The markings are inserted by using the simple traffic light system:

Wheelchair accessible Entrance: ground level, without stairs
Green: Rooms : all rooms without stairs
Bathroom (toilets for visitors if available): Accessible bathroom
Restricted wheelchair accessible Entrance: one stage (7 cm / 3 inch high) maximum
Yellow: Rooms: ground floor of the most important rooms
Bathroom (toilets for visitors if available)): No matter
Not wheelchair accessible Entrance: with a higher stage then 7 cm / 3 inch, or with several courses
Red: Rooms: not accessible
Bathroom (toilets for visitors if available)): not available

Places that have not yet been rated on their wheelchair accessibility are marked gray. They can be marked quickly and easily by anyone, without prior registration. Registered users can add pictures or comments further Top with details about the wheelchair accessibility of a place [3] Registered users can add pictures to a location and write a comment about the details with further Top assibility of the wheelchair space.

Weelmap.org focuses on the availability of information and is not limited to wheelchair specific locations. Instead, Everyday Life , focusing on public places of daily life including cafes, clubs, theaters, and basic public services, including public transportation , government offices and banks. Similar to Wikipedia, the user enters the information.


  • 2010 The INCA (Innovative and Creative Application Award) [4]
  • 2011 Vodafone’s Smart Accessibility Award [5]
  • 2011 Werkstatt N – Award of the Council for Sustainable Development (Germany) [6]
  • 2011 As one of the 365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas (founded by the federal government and the BDI [7 ]
  • 2012 World Summit Award (mobile-inclusion & empowerment section) [9]
  • 2013 Zedler -Price for free knowledge (Wikimedia Germany)
  • 2014 The first European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability [10] (title Highly Commended by the Jury to Raul Krauthausen for the Wheelmap.org project )


In the fall of 2011 Wheelmap.org was the subject of Google Chrome’s browser, which was broadcast on German television. [11]

External links

  • Media related to Wheelmap.org and Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
  • Wheelmap on facebook
  • Wheelmap.org at the Website of Handicap International (de)
  • Wheelmap at the German Wheelchair Sports Association (a part of the National Paralympic Committee )
  • Wheelmap.org Video clip at Focus (German magazine) online
  • About wheelmap.org (de) – BZ (newspaper)
  • About wheelmap.org – article in The Sydney Morning Herald (in 2011)


  1. Jump up^ wheelmap-raul-krauthauseninDie Zeit online
  2. Jump up^ Wheelmap at deutschland.de(Website in cooperation with theFederal Foreign Office (Germany)) Retrieved 14 September 2014
  3. Jump up^ wiki.openstreetmap.org, Retrieved 01 September 2014
  4. Jump up^ winners-of-the-inca-award-2010, Retrieved 14 September 2014
  5. Jump up^ The Guardian:winners-named-at-vodafone-smart-accessibility-awards, Retrieved 14 September 2014
  6. Jump up^ werkstatt-n.de/projects/wheelmaporg, Retrieved 14 September 2014
  7. Jump up^ land-der-ideen.de/365-orte/winner/wheelmap.org(de), Retrieved 14 September 2014
  8. Jump up^ 365-selected-landmarks / 365-landmarks-land-ideas, Retrieved 14 September 2014
  9. Jump up^ Winners World Summit Award, Retrieved 14 September 2014
  10. Jump up^ The-first-european-award-for-social-entrepreneurship-and-disability, Retrieved 14 september 2014
  11. Jump up^ trivia, Retrieved 2014-09-01

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