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Europe without barriers! Wheelchair marathon from Romania to European Parliament in Strasbourg

A barrier-free environment is a key factor for the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Accessibility improves their participation and mobility and is a pre-requisite for an inclusive society from which society as a whole can benefit.

Vasile Stoica, the first Romanian who travelled around the world in a manual wheelchair, is now embarking on a new journey in order to raise awareness about the crucial need of building accessible environments for people with disabilities and the accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities in Romania.

 

Supported by the Romanian National Council of Disability which launched the campaign entitled ‘Accessible Romania in a barrier-free Europe’, Vasile will travel 1700 km from Lugoj, Romania to the European Parliament in Strasbourg where he will deliver his message.  His journey starts on the 30th of June 2015 and will take him across seven countries: Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and France. He is expected to finish his marathon on the 30th July – 2nd of August when he will reach the European Parliament.
His full itinerary is:

 

LUGOJ (RO) – Timisoara = 64 km  - 30.06.2015
Timisoara – Subotica  = 165 km  - 02.07.2015
Subotica – Baja  = 78 km – 03.07.2015
Baja – Budapest = 175 km – 05.07.2015
Budapest – Gyor = 124 km – 07.07.2015
Gyor – Bratislava = 90 km – 10.07.2015
Bratislava – Wienna = 70 km – 11.07.2015
Wienna – Krems = 80 km – 12.07.2015
Krems – Linz = 140 km – 14.07.2015
Linz – Passau = 85 km – 15.07.2015
Passau – Regensburg = 130 km – 17.07.2015
Ingolstadt – Donauworth = 55 km – 18.07.2015
Donauworth – Ulm = 77 km – 20.07.2015
Ulm – Sigmaringen = 80 km – 21.07.2015
Sigmaringen – Tuttlingen = 50 km -23.07.2015
Tuttlingen – Freiburg = 100 km – 25.07.2015
Freiburg – Breisach = 25 km – 26.07.2015
Breisach – Rhinau = 38 km – 28.07.2015
Rhinau – STRASBOURG = 32 km – 30.07.2015

 

Vasile Stoica is featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest distance covered in a wheelchair in 24 hours – 132 kilometers in California, USA. He completed a round-the-world trip in one year in 1998-1999, covering a 36,000 kilometres journey which took him through North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.  Apart from this, he crossed USA in 66 days on Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago (3.800 km in 2003), travelled close to the Westernmost point in Europe – Cabo Finisterre, Spain in 2006 and to the Northernmost point in Europe – Cape Nordkinn  in Norway in 2013..

 

You can also be part of the journey and help Vasile carry out his message to the European Parliament! If you are willing to accommodate Vasile as he passes through the cities planned in his itinerary, please contact: 

 

Read more about his story:

In English: http://lumeamare.ro/2010/02/23/the-engine-is-in-my-head-in-my-heart-and-in-my-hands/
In Romanian: http://www.agerpres.ro/ots/2015/06/23/conferinta-o-romanie-accesibila-intr-o-europa-fara-bariere--11-40-28