Photo by Wuan.
If one is a wheelchair user out strolling for some sun and fun, there is practically no way of getting onto the safety of pedestrian walkways. The kerbs are at least six inches in height. No wheelchair user can traverse such heights without some sort of assistance. The saddest thing is that these walkways do not usually come with ramps. The only option is to go on the road and risk being hit by a car or other heavy vehicles.
That is not all. The roads by themselves are fraught with dangers such as drain hole covers with widely-spaced grilles. The casters or front wheels of the wheelchair may get caught in the gaps and throw the user off the wheelchair. The photo above was taken at the road outside Tesco Mutiara Damansara. This is one of the reasons why there are not many wheelchair users out and about. We would rather stay cocooned in the safety of our homes than to risk life and limb in the world outside.
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