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Saturday, 13 May 2006
Disabled Parking

disabled parking bays

I often wonder if there aren’t too many disabled parking bays at shopping centres, railway stations, etc.  Even when all the other bays are completely full there seems to be a plethora of disabled bays available.

Not at Sevenoaks railway station: Here there is a stop-and-drop zone that accommodates about four cars, 20-minute parking bays for six cars, 5 disabled bays and a taxi rank that accommodates about 40 vehicles. To be fair there are probably several grounds to complain about the above allocation, but one should bear in mind that there is a long-term parking area a short walk away.  If the figures on the Sevenoaks station website are correct, this long-term parking area contains only two additional disabled bays (out of over 500).

This afternoon, at about 5 o’clock, when we had a sudden thunderstorm, you could not complain that there were too many disabled bays.  As pictured above, all five disabled bays were fully utilised whereas the stop-and-drop zone was free as were three of the 20-minute bays.

Is Sevenoaks one of the most disabled towns in England? If so they hide it well: all five drivers looked fully abled to me.

Posted by bigblue on 13/05/2006 at 10:39 AM
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Australia is very disabled friendly. Perhaps too friendly.  Oh we have lots of disabled bays, but anyone with a disabled sticker can park for free for an unlimited time in any parking bay.  The problem is that it’s too easy to get a disabled sticker.  Any doctor can issue one.  In fact hundreds of thousands of people in Sydney who have no discernable disability have these stickers.  Even Dawn Fraser, one of the greatest athletes of all time, has one.

These people don’t park in the disabled bays.  No they leave those for the disabled people.  Instead they take up all the other bays P1s, P2s, and P4s, often for the entire day.

On the other hand, by law every building has to accomodate various categories of disabled people.  So there are lots of ramps, but they are dominated by the able bodied people.  It seems no architect had previously realised that an able bodied person when faced wtih a choice would prefer a gentle ramp to some steps.

Posted by flank  on  16/05/2006  at  08:16 AM

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