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[Update: see #171910 - from 12.7.21] [Update: On 7.7.21 at around 16.30 the gate was still as per the image.] (There was also another issue with access - see: #171490.) On 6.7.21 I visited with the new active travel officer. He said the gate should be secured open. I asked why it can't be removed together with the support. [Image taken 4.7.21] West Esplanade near Esplanade car park, York. The diversion signage for wheelchair users now tells people to use the park. But that gate opens in the direction of the camera. It’s weighted/on a spring. You have to be able to pull it. You have to be able to reverse as you open it. You have to be able to hold it open as you move through. I struggled to do this with a cycle.
I asked a friend in a chair for her view. She said: "I could not use a gate like that unless there was someone with me. It's very difficult to open a gate towards you if you're in a chair, even if you have the strength and if it's spring loaded it would close on you as you tried to get through which might cause damage."
The person in a wheelchair would need to have someone with them who could open the gate and hold it open for them to pass through. Therefore this is not an accessible option. It should not be signposted as for wheelchair users. Other images on this subject today see: #171368 and links.

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