Hazardous crossing for wheelchair users

July 20, 2010 – 3:31 pm

Monday 19 Jul,2010


KUALA LUMPUR: The physically challenged community in Kepong Baru finds it dangerous to use the flyover which links Kepong Baru and Taman Menjalara

The bridge was built to ease the traffic congestion in the area.

The disabled residents living in the area are forced to use the road daily because the pedestrian paths on both sides of the flyover are too high for them to get onto in their wheelchairs.
The paths, which are safer to use, are more than 5cm high.

The gradient of the slope going up the flyover is too steep for a person using a manual wheelchair, while those using electric wheelchairs or scooters also have trouble getting over the road divider to cross to the opposite sides of the flyover.

“We can’t go from one side of the flyover to the other without cars and motorbikes honking at us.
“It is very difficult, especially during peak hours. It is a hazardous and frightening experience which we have to face daily,” said Hee Yong Wah, 48, who is wheelchair-bound and has been living at the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled centre in Kepong Baru for 20 years. The centre has 15 residents who are all wheelchair-bound.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping, together with City Hall officials from the Public Works Department and the Urban Transport Department, visited the site yesterday.

“The issue has been brought up to City Hall’s attention. We hope the officials will look into the matter seriously and find a solution as soon as possible for the wheelchair-bound community here,” said Yee.

New straits times:  http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/5kepong/Article/#ixzz0uEGUFEI5

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