This is so true, for access means so many different aspects for many people, but I feel that access is not fully understood by planners, developers and many organisations.
Yes, pedestrianisation is good for many, but for those with limited mobility, sensory disabilities and other aspects of disability it may not be. Not all persons with mobility issues have wheelchairs, so may not be able to travel even small distances. Even a small step up or down could cause no access facility, the width of doorways could also be a problem, let alone placement of toilets and will there be a disabled toilet and if so is it being used as a store room or even large enough to accommodated a wheelchair and maybe one or even 2 carers.
Ideally not only would there be more than one disabled toilet that is fully accessible, at least 2, or would a Changing Places toilet be too much to ask for.
Disabled parking is also a problem, for is there a sufficiency and are they were they are most needed and is the waiting period time limited, for with limited mobility comes a time component to manage to go between A and B, let alone going to C. Leaving one disabled parking place to another more near, will there be one and will it be available.
Then lets look at public transport, well most buses and trains should have at least one wheelchair space, and if lucky maybe even two, but will they be there for wheelchairs, some in some instances pushchairs are taking the space or spaces. I have heard some people say you can get the next bus to a person in a wheelchair because the wheelchair places are taken, but why should a person in a wheelchair have to wait for another bus. Why is there not more flexibility on wheelchair spaces, for the priority should be for wheelchair and not prams, for in many instances prams could be folded which is not possible for wheelchairs.
When you come to trains, it is not just the availability of spaces for wheelchairs, but also toilets, for is there a disabled toilet in each carriage and is there one at both ends of each carriage. Then for persons who require a Changing Places toilet, are there any carriages which have these?
These are only some of the problems persons with disabilities can come across for there will be many others, so opening for most is far away from opening for many persons with disabilities.
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