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Roadblock: Aoife Nolan and Connie Richardson dealing with street hazards on the Disability Federation of Ireland’s Make Way Day. PHOTO: Paul Sherwood

Roadblock: Aoife Nolan and Connie Richardson dealing with street hazards on the Disability Federation of Ireland’s Make Way Day. PHOTO: Paul Sherwood

Roadblock: Aoife Nolan and Connie Richardson dealing with street hazards on the Disability Federation of Ireland’s Make Way Day. PHOTO: Paul Sherwood

Disability groups hit the streets yesterday to highlight the everyday difficulties they have getting around.

Those who took part in Make Way Day held a guerilla sticker campaign to draw attention to the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

These can range from cars or vans parked on the footpath to bicycles and motorbikes chained to lampposts. Another frustration people with disabilities face are illegally placed sandwich boards or forgotten wheelie bins.

"My choices if a car blocks the footpath are stay stranded or try to get off it and into traffic," said disability campaigner and UCC student Paul Cudmore. "Either way I'm putting myself in danger having to use the road or tip out of my chair."

Assistant Commissioner for Roads Policing Dave Sheahan added that the Garda Roads Division is to lower its tolerance of footpath parking at all times.

"Someone in a powered wheelchair has to either go home or risk their lives on the public road to get around a parked vehicle on a path," he said. "Neither outcome is acceptable to gardaí."

Irish Independent