2016-02-16 Tue


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I took this photo in the menís washroom of a branch of the Toronto Public Library.

The door is locked; I locked it from the inside.

Note the position of the little bar that serves as the door-lock device.


Iíd have made it so that it lay horizontal when the door is locked, a parallel (literally) to the thought of a bolt being shot horizontally into the door frame.

Note that excepting that Iíve told you that the door is locked, youíd have no way of knowing for sure if you had locked it before you unzipped.


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Clear Thinking

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I have not navigated Toronto in a wheelchair in over 30 years living in this city. I have struggled with two bundle buggies.

I know that the photo shows a temporary ramp (this is, after all, in the still-under-construction Union Station) but I rather suspect that an eagle-eyed engineering student could make a study of this facet of our lives:-

Note the foot of the temporary ramp (circled).

Note the button with which a handicapped person can open the door (circled)

Now consider that you are in a wheelchair, descend the ramp, and must cross against a swarm of travelers coming at you in the opposite direction.

Would it be so difficult to mount the button on the same side as the ramp? Or to place the ramp on the same side as the button?

Even on a temporary basis (which in Toronto means a minimum of four years).

I had difficulty with a perambulator a few weeks ago; Dad was carrying the toddler and went ahead and pressed the button. I had just an empty stroller to navigate and that presented a problem.

Multiplied by every cross-traffic ramp/button in Toronto.

Iím just sayiní ...