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Types of barriers on the road for wheelchair users

markdougallmarkdougall Member Posts: 9 Listener
Hi everyone! 

I was wondering if you guys could input the types of barriers you encounter while traveling. It could be something like kerbs, steep ramps, or a narrow road.  :)

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,979 Disability Gamechanger
    The barriers for wheelchair users are remarkably,y similar to those for cane users and many others. I’d start with cars parking on pavements; poorly maintained pavements; advertising boards and poor quality tactile paving.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,181 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi As a wheelchair user my main frustration is other people and their lack of awareness of the problems they are causing both to wheelchair users and prams.

    Parking halfway over a pavement is my pet hate as you cant get past the car, parking over drop kerbs with double yellow lines on, repair work to pavements giving no alternative pathway to wheelchairs, uneven surfaces

    If you use a manual wheelchair ramps are not really any help as it is too hard to propel yourself up and down them.

    I could go on all day but wont bore you 
  • caitswildecakecaitswildecake Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Despite there being lifts at my college they were pretty small and cramped and there’s been times I’d show up and the lift is out of use so I wouldn’t get to my lesson 
  • RonniRonni Member Posts: 162 Pioneering
    *dustbins left on foot paths.
    *the red tile white brick sloping curb offer have a gutter.
    *lack of sloping  curbs meaning you have go back the way you came and go on the road.
    * people parking in front of sloping kerb.
    *traffic lights with the button on the road side. (And those with lights facing wrong way)

  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 683 Pioneering
    I often need to go along the  road  because pavements are too difficult. 
  • christian96christian96 Posts: 101 Member
    Grass is my bugbear. 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,979 Disability Gamechanger
    janer1967 said:
    Hi As a wheelchair user my main frustration is other people and their lack of awareness of the problems they are causing both to wheelchair users and prams.

    Parking halfway over a pavement is my pet hate as you cant get past the car, parking over drop kerbs with double yellow lines on, repair work to pavements giving no alternative pathway to wheelchairs, uneven surfaces

    If you use a manual wheelchair ramps are not really any help as it is too hard to propel yourself up and down them.

    I could go on all day but wont bore you 
    There is s brilliant A4 sheet circulated by someone on Twitter which is an illustration of the width of an average wheelchair, a car and a pavement. Handy for leaving under windscreen wipers to make the point.
  • markdougallmarkdougall Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank You all for the information  :)
  • littleacornlittleacorn Member Posts: 152 Pioneering
    Uneven pavements are causing me great discomfort and pain. I feel as though I am being constantly bounced back and forwards like someone is pushing and pulling you throughout my journey. I do wonder what damage this is doing to my body longterm. A bit like someone using a pnematic drill!
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Member Posts: 712 Pioneering
    Kerbs, cracked pavements, too many kerbs and slopes that drag me onto the road. People sometimes blocking pavements. 
  • mouseymousey Member Posts: 16 Courageous
    The biggest barrier for me (on my scooter but I'm getting a manual chair) is BINS! Combined with a car half parked on the pavement it's a nightmare. That, and too few dropped kerbs and then they're sometimes over an inch high!
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