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Accessibility in urban planning is a vitally important feature of any civilized society - everyone, regardless of their mobility, should be able to access and enjoy public facilities. Crappy-designed accessibility for people in wheelchairs, for example, sends a pretty insulting message: "We added this feature because someone told us we had to, but it's not important enough that we put any effort into making sure it actually helps."

Accessibility then becomes purely symbolic, something designed to show that we care, but has no practical purpose. Sadly, disabled people encounter this kind of attitude all too often, and beyond the continuous and ongoing campaigns for wheelchair accessible planning, there is little left to do but laugh at these outrageous design fails collected by Bored Panda.

So scroll down below to see where good intentions can go wrong for yourself, and if you see bad examples of disability-friendly designs in your neighborhood, be sure to report it to your local council or government representative!

#1

To Invite A Disabled Man To Talk About Accessibility..

To Invite A Disabled Man To Talk About Accessibility..

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For some insight on accessibility matters Bored Panda spoke to Julienne at abilities.com, the resource for the disability community in the USA. Julienne is sadly all too acquainted with businesses making half-hearted attempts to prioritize and provide effective accessibility, even if they do follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.

"Unfortunately, accessibility is just a burr under the saddle of many business owners," she told us. "It is an expense they don’t think they can afford because they don’t view the wheelchair community as the over $1 Trillion aggregate income market that it is. Their businesses aren’t accessible so they don’t see people in wheelchairs, so they don’t think they are important in their market. A classic Joseph Heller: Catch-22."

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#2

If You Aren't Already In A Wheelchair, You Will Be After This

If You Aren't Already In A Wheelchair, You Will Be After This

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Cactuar Jon
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*person in a wheelchair* "Nah, it's fine. Think I'll take the stairs" 😅

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Extreme Wheelchairing!

Extreme Wheelchairing!

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Lauren Caswell
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have ramp access to my house....and at the end of the ramp is a giant step....not as big as above, but still wtf!

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So what can be done to improve awareness on the importance of accessibility? How do we get businesses to understand that cutting costs and corners to make inadequate facilities isn't just inconvenient and potentially dangerous, but offensive too?

"People with disabilities and their supporters have to speak up," Julienne continues. "Post it on Yelp, take pictures and post it on the businesses’ social media. Use peer pressure, shame them, and most of all, vote with your wallet. Unfortunately, the winner there is Amazon. They saw the need of people who can’t/don’t want to leave their houses and have exploited it superbly.".

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#5

Being Handicapped In Cabo San Lucas Is Apparently An Extreme Sport. (Fb Friend's Vacation Pic)

Being Handicapped In Cabo San Lucas Is Apparently An Extreme Sport. (Fb Friend's Vacation Pic)

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Julienne believes that the best thing businesses can do is to simply ask a person using a wheelchair to share their experiences, and learn from them. Over 23 years in the wheelchair she has encountered no end of rude and frustrating situations where a little basic understanding would sure go a long way.

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"The biggest problem is that they don’t have someone in a wheelchair consulting on the build," Julienne says. "If they had someone in a wheelchair try to bump up a steep grade, for example, and then hold themselves in place with one hand on a wheel while trying to open a heavy door with a handle too high, that swings OUT, they never would have built it that way."

"Put all owners, designers and employees in a wheelchair for a day and let them try it."

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Makes sense, doesn't it? Julienne believes that it all starts with the individual’s awareness, so don't be afraid to talk to people with disabilities about their accessibility needs and frustrations. The more we learn to empathize with each other and experience the world in another person's shoes, the better things will be for everyone!

#7

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At first I thought, what’s the problem this is a lift. Then I saw the step. 🤦‍♀️

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#10

How Is This Supposed To Work??

How Is This Supposed To Work??

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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Possibly someone pointing out that there are no spots reserved for people with disabilities.

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#11

Because F**k You For Being In A Wheelchair

Because F**k You For Being In A Wheelchair

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#12

The Portuguese Parliament Had To Become Handicap Acessible Due To Having One Deputy On A Wheelchair. This Is The Result

The Portuguese Parliament Had To Become Handicap Acessible Due To Having One Deputy On A Wheelchair. This Is The Result

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Had To Become Handicap Acessible" any building of an authority, and any building with a public function (such as hotels, bathrooms, libraries etc.) should be handicap accessible. Otherwise it prevents handicapped people from participating in a regular life!

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#13

Hospital Which I Work Has These Wheelchairs For The Patients

Hospital Which I Work Has These Wheelchairs For The Patients

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Troux
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This seems incredibly resourceful. Where is this? That model would be $4,500 not covered by insurance in the US.

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#14

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Troux
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, the rail guy flew in to protect people from the ramp guy.

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#15

For Those Who Feel They Aren't Quite Handicapped Enough...

For Those Who Feel They Aren't Quite Handicapped Enough...

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Rissie
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's with these wheelchair slides? Are people really that stupid? Or just lazy?

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#20

Wheelchair Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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Anne
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is where code meets regulation.. Code says you have to have a banister.. regulation says you need a ramp.

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#21

Access For Disabled Wheelchair Users

Access For Disabled Wheelchair Users

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#23

"Wheelchair Access" For The Brave

"Wheelchair Access" For The Brave

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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is also a way to increase the wheelchair-bound population, especially if someone is walking along absorbed on the cell phone. Is that an orthopedist next door?

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#24

This Wheelchair Ramp

This Wheelchair Ramp

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#25

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Kjorn
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

we can see 2 cup… so people just pee outside and let their cups outside the bathroom

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#26

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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#27

Hats Off To The Genius Who Installed This Disabled Access Ramp

Hats Off To The Genius Who Installed This Disabled Access Ramp

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#29

At Least Wheelchairs Can Reach The First Stair

At Least Wheelchairs Can Reach The First Stair

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Mary Rose Kent
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So they’re saved from going up one extra stair? Good job, everyone!

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#30

Oh Yeah, You Could Get A Wheelchair In There No Problem

Oh Yeah, You Could Get A Wheelchair In There No Problem

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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This locker is for disabled people because it is the only one that you can sit in front of. I would imagine this is to suit a particular person's needs. The sign is obviously not only for people who are in actual wheel-chairs, it is an immediately recognizable symbol!

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#31

In Thailand We Prioritize Accessibility For The Disabled

In Thailand We Prioritize Accessibility For The Disabled

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#32

This Shop Sells Wheelchairs.

This Shop Sells Wheelchairs.

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#33

Accessibility Fail

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Mary Rose Kent
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can’t help but notice what appears to be a wheelchair on its side just to the right of the steps...

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#35

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms With Stairs

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms With Stairs

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#39

This Is A Wheelchair Ramp....

This Is A Wheelchair Ramp....

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#40

Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Are Located On The Second Floor. Just A Quick Trip Up The Escalator

Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Are Located On The Second Floor. Just A Quick Trip Up The Escalator

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my friend in a wheelchair would take the escalator ^^ (I know, not everyone can) and he scared the staff a few times doing it

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#41

Design Fail

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the grave for the disabled people who went YOLO and tried some of the ramps shown in the other pictures.

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#42

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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#43

Accessibility Fail

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#45

Making Communities Accessible To Those In Wheelchairs

Making Communities Accessible To Those In Wheelchairs

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is mindblowing to see they take the time to add these ramps yet are unable to see what idiots they are for missing the point.

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#46

This Handicapped Restroom Is Not Easy To Get Into In A Wheelchair

This Handicapped Restroom Is Not Easy To Get Into In A Wheelchair

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Bumblebee
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I could get in there, if that damn door handle wasn't that high! Though the door seems like a heavyweight door, which makes it a little bit more difficult. But still doable (for me). But the heavy door in combination with the step up makes it a little more challenging. That door handle would be the main problem for me. Plus.. not everyone in a wheelchair can use a heavyweight door.. or go up such a step.

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#47

Was Told To Post This Here: A Ramp For Disabled People That Ends In A Puddle

Was Told To Post This Here: A Ramp For Disabled People That Ends In A Puddle

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair it looks they've realised their existing path is not accessible to everyone and tried to be more inclusive. It wouldn't surprise me if the metal ramp is a temporary measure. (By stating "temporary", I do, of course, mean a council's version of the word temporary, which could be anywhere between 2 months and 20 years.)

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#48

Do You Know Someone In A Wheelchair? Do You Really Hate That Person?

Do You Know Someone In A Wheelchair? Do You Really Hate That Person?

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#49

Found This In My City

Found This In My City

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#50

This Wheelchair Entrance In A Park

This Wheelchair Entrance In A Park

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#51

This Wheelchair Ramp. If You Think It Is A Joke... No... It Is Not A Joke.

This Wheelchair Ramp. If You Think It Is A Joke... No... It Is Not A Joke.

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Considering the nightmare these pictures reveal, att least this one is somewhat manageable, with help, of course!

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#52

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The further down I go, the more I wander... JUST HOW FREAKING DULL ARE THESE ARCHITECTS? Although in defense of this one, if that below it is sand, it might have been half way in it when they made it. Maybe...

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#53

A Wheelchair Access Button On Top Of Staircase

A Wheelchair Access Button On Top Of Staircase

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I reckon this is for people to ring, so an employee comes out and helps them.

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#54

This Recently Installed Wheelchair Accessible Route In My Neighborhood.

This Recently Installed Wheelchair Accessible Route In My Neighborhood.

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Monica Michelle
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

City officials should have to try all of this in a manual wheelchair before it gets signed off on

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#55

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

didn't see the whole Picture.. "well, this one works out actually".. *scrolls down*.. "ohh"..

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#56

Wheelchair Service Reception, Up A Flight Of Stairs.

Wheelchair Service Reception, Up A Flight Of Stairs.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it is pointing to another door further round the building, this is just a fire exit

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#57

This Wheelchair Ramp In Pakistan

This Wheelchair Ramp In Pakistan

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#58

My Friend On A Wheelchair Took This Photo

My Friend On A Wheelchair Took This Photo

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh come on, it's just ONE step, don't act up. *sarcasm off*

#60

Disabled People Have To Learn How To Bunny Hop With Wheelchairs In Lithuania

Disabled People Have To Learn How To Bunny Hop With Wheelchairs In Lithuania

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#61

In Today’s Episode Of Making “Wheelchair-Accessible” Spaces Inaccessible To Wheelchairs...

In Today’s Episode Of Making “Wheelchair-Accessible” Spaces Inaccessible To Wheelchairs...

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#62

The Top Of This Ramp

The Top Of This Ramp

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#63

I Think My College Ramp Beats Yours.

I Think My College Ramp Beats Yours.

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#64

Yes, A Disabled Access And... Oh Crap... (Exceter College, Oxford, England)

Yes, A Disabled Access And... Oh Crap... (Exceter College, Oxford, England)

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#65

When The Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Isn’t Wheelchair Accessible

When The Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Isn’t Wheelchair Accessible

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#67

Wheelchair Ramp Ends In Metal Chain And Medival Staircase

Wheelchair Ramp Ends In Metal Chain And Medival Staircase

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#68

How Are You Supposed To Get Up That First Bit In A Wheelchair

How Are You Supposed To Get Up That First Bit In A Wheelchair

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

.... it would be relatively simple to add a small ramp to the side that's close to the parking spot... So why didn't they?

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#69

A Handicap Ramp With A Step At The Bottom

A Handicap Ramp With A Step At The Bottom

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#70

Bad Design Style

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#71

Accessibility Fail

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#72

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In German, "Haugesund" would translate to "beat healthy". Kinda contra-intuitive :D

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#73

Sncf (France)

Sncf (France)

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Fifie
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact is that you buy a special ticket if disabled and SNCF (railway) employees come with an access ramp to let you in an out. And these particular parts of the train are wide enough to let a wheelchair between other seats. No big deal !

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#74

Wheelchair Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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#75

This Ramp Leading To Half Door.

This Ramp Leading To Half Door.

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#76

A Wheelchair Ramp For The Athletic, Seen At My Local Mall

A Wheelchair Ramp For The Athletic, Seen At My Local Mall

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#77

This Wheelchair Ramp In Spain

This Wheelchair Ramp In Spain

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Rissie
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not necessarily designed as a wheelchair ramp. It seems there is some difference in height from where the stairs start and the street on the left.

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#78

My College Is Installing New 'Wheelchair Access'...

My College Is Installing New 'Wheelchair Access'...

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#79

This Handicap "Accessable" Ramp

This Handicap "Accessable" Ramp

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#80

Accessibility Fail

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Alexandru Bucur
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Compared to some others, this one isn't really that bad. Sure, the slope is still too steep, but it's obviously an improvised solution made by someone who doesn't know what the slope should have been.

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Accessibility Fail

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