Ride along a good way to experience access issues

Published on 02 December 2021

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Waitaki District Council Roading Manager Mike Harrison’s mobility device is red (goes faster). It’s a new addition, complementing his trike. Mike uses his wheels to get around when he is doing footpath and roading inspections, as walking is now too hard. Today he and Cr Jeremy Holding met with Oamaru local Jane Newstubb, who uses a wheelchair to get around - to take a tour of Oamaru’s problem footpaths and see her concerns first-hand. Some of them are obvious: hello, railway lines?!!! Sometimes it just comes down to knowing where the mobility parks are in town. Mobility parking needs have changed recently, as modern accessibility cars now have rear access, meaning they take up more space in car parks; also, the high kerbs of the historic precinct and other Victorian areas mean Jane needs to go the loooong way around. Council is currently gathering feedback so that a plan can be made to resolve problems and make the town wheelie friendly.