Wheelchair Accessibility of Sidewalks in Buenos Aires – Wheelchair Travel

Buenos Aires is a big city with a variety of landscapes. During my travels in the city, I rolled more than 50 miles on its sidewalks to become familiar with sidewalk accessibility. I saw many sidewalks and a lot of variation, but found the accessibility of Buenos Aires sidewalks to be good on the whole.

What does sidewalk accessibility in Buenos Aires look like? Let’s take a look – you’ll notice accessible features like curb cuts/curb ramps and crosswalk signals are common.

Many sidewalks become level with the streets at roadway intersections, meaning wheelchair users don’t have to drive into a mass of pedestrians using the curb cut. Not always the case, but often so in downtown Buenos Aires.

In certain areas, sidewalks may be broken or cracked. This doesn’t usually make a sidewalk unusable, but it’s important to watch out for potholes.

Lines of rough stones cross a pedestrian walkway.

Although most sidewalks in Buenos Aires are made of cement, rougher surfaces do appear. On the waterfront walkway pictured above, rough cobblestones intersect the sidewalk every few meters, presumably as a design characteristic.

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