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Old 08-10-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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Aug 11, 2010: Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchair ramps became the law here in the US, I would guess with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 20 years ago. But that didn't suddenly cause ramps to spring up like mushrooms, quite often they weren't required until some change was made requiring a building (remodeling) permit. Lately we've seen tons of curb cuts at intersections being made, with federal economic recovery funds.

But some people are bitter about having to do it...


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Old 08-10-2010, 11:51 PM   #2
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Cue rkzenrage to show up from ban-hammer land and make a huge, rant-filled post.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:59 PM   #3
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He came down on this issue several times... on both sides.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:33 AM   #4
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Although nowhere near as wicked as the two last examples, the ramp at the nuthouse is built at a much steeper grade than it should be. I've had to shove a number of wheelchair bound visitors and patients up it, as well as warning them about the possibility of wiping out at the bottom.

I must admit that I have watched the wheelchair start of the Boston Marathon for the pileups.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:14 AM   #5
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Most of the links are terrible insults, but this one from the same (lower right) link looks like someone actually tried to do some good design work...
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:42 AM   #6
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He missed that whole "reasonable accommodation" thing.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:34 AM   #7
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It looks to me like photo 2 is on a beach that has eroded away.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:20 AM   #8
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If Evel Knieval was still alive, he would jump all of those ramps with a Harley powered wheel chair.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:25 AM   #9
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I would walk up the wheelchair ramp part of the steps Lamplighter posted the picture of, just to feel inspired by the great design it has.

Well done!

I don't see how those ramps with the steep angles, ever got approved. That's a hell of a big lawsuit, just waiting for the first wheelchair victim.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:37 AM   #10
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I don't see how those ramps with the steep angles, ever got approved. That's a hell of a big lawsuit, just waiting for the first wheelchair victim.
Hopefully the first victim is the person who approved/designed/built it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:51 AM   #11
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Words fail me. It's hard to believe that not one person in the chain from conception to execution thought to say, 'no, this is just ridiculous'. I often have to manoeuver my partner's chair through some awkward routes but no way would I, or anyone else I suspect, ever go near either of those bottom two.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:12 AM   #12
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Agreed. Having some experience as well, I'm completely shocked that either one ever got built. There is no way anyone with a wheelchair is going to make it up something that steep. Maneuvering down either of those is even more frightening to think about.

Adak - totally agree!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:45 AM   #13
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It's not about people actually traversing them. It's about retro-fitting an existing establishment with the minimum requirements so that a lawyer can't sue them into bankruptcy for not meeting ADA guidelines. The people setting these things up aren't patting themselves on the back for being helpful to the disabled, they're grumbling the whole way about the stupidity of having to adapt places that are basically impossible to adapt without a complete tear-down.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:57 AM   #14
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I didn't know the ADA was also in Russia :P:
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:31 AM   #15
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The comments in the link question whether some of these are actually wheelchair ramps.
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