Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Guang Ming Daily

My post "Wheelchair Access Blocked" (23 July 2014) was reported in Guang Ming Daily today (31 July 2014). I am glad that the post have received support from the media. The general public of Malaysia still do not have good understanding of disabled persons' problems. Newspaper reports have wide readership and can play vital role in educating people about our problems.

The above photo shows a bad example of how a wheelchair user should enter a place. A wheelchair gate (follow the link HERE) is a better solution.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wheelchair Access Blocked

The above photo was taken this afternoon (July 23, 2014) at the gate in front of the State Art Gallery at Dewan Sri Pinang. I was prevented from entering the compound because of the bars built recently. I am a regular visitor to this art gallery. My most recent visit was on June 10, 2014. The gate was still accessible then. I asked around and apparently the bars were built to prevent motorcyclists from parking their motorcycles inside the compound. This again is another example where wheelchair access was blocked because of the abuse by motorcyclists. Someone up there is really very unfair. He should take action against the wrong doers. Instead, he took the easy way out by building these bars.

Below are two photos showing the gate before and after the gate was blocked. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

From Bus Stop To Shopping Mall Entrance

I did this photo documentation in Nov 2013. It traced the route from a bus stop in front of Queensbay Mall to its southern entrance. I am not saying that this is the best example of a wheelchair access route. But comparing to many other places where there is no connecting route at all, it is still useful for many wheelchair users. This example shows the importance of continuous route for wheelchair users.

I could not find any step ramp / kerb ramp at the kerb. I am not sure if there should be one (I mean basing on the guidelines of Malaysian Standards). The problem with step ramp is motorcyclists tend to abuse it to go up to the kerb and drive on walkways. But it is necessary for wheelchair users when the bus could not park beside the kerb and the wheelchair users have to disembark on the road. They need step ramp to go up the kerb. (See above photos.)

The above are two photos of the ramp that connects the pavement to the motorway in front of the mall. This ramp is useful to wheelchair users who take bus but also the elderly. But I think the authority should make this ramp better by installing handrails at both sides. That cannot be too expensive and it will benefit a lot of people.

The above photos show how a wheelchair user can enter the mall by the long ramp beside the entrance (follow the yellow arrows). Unfortunately I forgot to take a good photo of the ramp. But if you go there, you will find the ramp to be quite adequate.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Padang Kota Lama Food Court : Problem Solved

In a post dated July 8, 2013, I highlighted a wheelchair access problem at Padang Kota Lama Food Court (click link HERE). I visited the food court yesterday and was very happy to see that the authority had solved the problem. I was unable to visit the place often but I believe that the problem must have been solved for quite sometime already. I wish to thank the authority for the prompt response. I also wish to encourage wheelchair users to visit this famous and beautiful food court. It is really a must go place if you like Penang food.

The above photo was taken in June last year. The photo below was taken yesterday.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Lesson For Planning Disabled Access

The above photos were taken at the northern entrance of Queensbay Mall. One can learn about the importance of planning from these photos. I give credit to the management of the building for providing a reasonably good ramp that leads to the entrance. But alas, they forgot to make a step ramp in the original design. So a temporary step ramp was made to allow wheelchair users to reach the front porch from the street.

The problem with this temporary fixture is that it has deteriorated with time. When I checked it during my visit on Nov 2, 2013, heavy wear and tear had caused the step ramp to misalign with the edge of the podium. (See above photo). A better approach is to provide a step ramp at the location suggested in the following photo.

There are two types of step ramps (see drawings below). Type A is actually not very good and often built as an addition to a forgotten plan.

I prefer type B, because it is less obstructive and takes up less space.

The moral of this story is that good planning is important for disabled access. If the management had planned for a step ramp in the original design, the temporary step ramp would not have been necessary.

Below is a short video about the correct way to build a type B step ramp. Click HERE.