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Ankara



Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Ankara is a very hilly city. The streets aren't as steep as Istanbul but they are easily as steep as San Fransisco. There is no flat in Ankara, it's all either up or down. They try to make things easier with ramps for the sidewalks and textured walkways for the blind but it wouldn't be easy. - Sep 21, 2017
Depends on the disability. Ankara isn't quite at steep as Istanbul, but there is very little flat ground in the city. They have given lip service to putting in access for the disabled but most of it isn't very functional. - Jun 8, 2017
There would definitely be challenges for someone with a physical disability. I use a stroller alot and have trouble with the uneven sidewalks. - Sep 27, 2016
The hills, cobblestones and lack of ramps would make it extremely challenging, but it is changing. - Aug 2, 2015
Yes. It is very hilly and not a lot of wheelchair accessible ramps on the sidewalks. - Jun 9, 2015
Yes. Ankara is a city of hills, so there are lots of ups and downs. The sidewalks are good in some places, not so good in other places. There are very few wheelchair ramps, and I've been in numerous multi-story buildings that do not have elevators or escalators. - Apr 2, 2015
Yes. There are some accommodations such as blind guide paths along main routes and bus stops, but sidewalks are often broken or blocked. Awkward stairs and paths exist everywhere. There are many elevators, and some places have parking garages, but the connection for usage isn't the smoothest. I think someone with physical disabilities would find movement here to be limited to a few areas. I must say, though, that this is the only country I've been in where I saw a man get out of his car at an intersection and go out to help an elderly lady struggling to cross a busy road, clearing a path for her, before he got back in his car and pushed through the intersection himself. - Feb 14, 2015
It's not very disabled-friendly here, so it might be challenging. - Jun 10, 2014
Yes. The city is hilly, ramps are few and badly constructed. - Apr 4, 2014
The city tries to be accessible but they just haven't gotten the knack yet. - Mar 31, 2014
I would not recommend Ankara for people with disabilities. - Mar 30, 2014
Ankara is like San Francisco, very hilly The sidewalks are mostly broken and handicap accessible buildings and public transportation do not exist here. - Jul 28, 2013
Very difficult. Ankara is a hilly city with uneven sidewalk pavement. - Aug 4, 2011
A lot. Ankara does not seem to be a handicap-friendly city. There are a lot of deep cracks in the sidewalks and not too many ramps. - Jul 14, 2010