RICHMOND, BC, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The City of Richmond and Rick Hansen
Foundation announced today Richmond is the first municipality in Canada
to promote the accessibility of its public spaces through planat. Both the City and the Foundation invite all Richmond businesses
and organizations to promote their business access features on planat.com - helping Richmond become a leading city in accessibility.
planat.com is an easy-to-use, interactive, digital media tool for rating the level
of access to buildings and open spaces. Richmond was recognized as first due to its ongoing support for and
early-adoption of planat. In recent months Richmond completed
professional ratings for 29 City-owned venues and public spaces, all
available on planat.com - an innovation of the Rick Hansen Foundation.
"Our ultimate goal is to ensure people can live physically active,
barrier-free lives in Richmond," said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "It's been
a privilege for the City to be involved with planat from its early
stages until now, leading us to earn the status of Canada's first
municipality to promote public venues on planat." Brodie continues, "The accessibility information is now
available to anyone who visits planat.com, providing tremendous value to those wanting to make informed decisions
when considering visiting, working or living in Richmond. It also
provides valuable information to address strengths and areas for
improvement for our venues and public spaces. We encourage every
Richmond business and organization to get rated on planat."
planat users can easily post reviews and see other people's consumer
reviews as well as see reviews completed by businesses, either
professionally or self reviewed . planat empowers people living with
disabilities in Richmond to make informed decisions and leverage their
consumer power to help increase the overall accessibility of buildings
in our community. The planat ratings provide businesses with the
information and tools they need to make their buildings more accessible
and increase their understanding of the social and economic benefits of
accessible venues and communities.
"Like every innovation of the Foundation, planat was born from a
community need, and became a reality through collaborative
partnerships," says Rick Hansen. "The City of Richmond has done much
more than adopt planat, they've partnered with us since the beginning
to ensure planat's success. I thank the City of Richmond for being
such an innovative leader by making accessibility a priority in the
City, and for its ongoing commitment to ensure that all City spaces are
"Now, to continue on that success, we encourage all Richmond businesses
to join us by having their venues rated on planat.com. Access matters
to everyone, from babies to older adults, and showcasing your
accessibility on planat is good business," says Hansen.
Tourism Richmond and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce have both endorsed
the program and are actively encouraging their members to support the
program. The City and the Rick Hansen Foundation have also worked
closely with the Richmond Centre of Disability in development of the
program and completing professional ratings of 29 City venues.
For more information on the City's involvement with planat.com, visit www.richmond.ca/accessibility.
SOURCE: City of Richmond
For further information:
Corporate Communications Officer
The City of Richmond
Tel: 604-276-4371 Cel: 778-835-6178
Rick Hansen Foundation