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Photo #173448

[Image taken 25.8.21] Entrance/exit Bootham Stray, Alder Way, New Earswick, York. Andy at the second entrance to/exit from Bootham Stray. The one with a York barrier – the low metal ‘n’s in the foreground and a cattle grid. This 'access' / 'exit' point is inaccessible not only to trikes but also to anyone in a wheelchair or mobility scooter; someone with a wheeled walker; people riding cycles with small support wheels either side of a rear wheel; cyclists apprehensive about cattle grids including people with children or adults onboard; cyclists with small feet (for example youngsters); for people in some designs of footwear - and many of us in wet and icy weather when the rungs are slippery; people with heavy cycle luggage - you need to be able to give a good shove off from the York barrier to get across the cattle grid; people with front panniers (or you have to accept they will get damaged); anyone with a trailer... In short, this piece of infrastructure hugely limits who can visit the Stray or use the route for leisure, access to education, mental and physical health, commuting to paid/unpaid work. But it also means some people cannot make journeys unescorted or unsupported. If you need someone to enable you to get through a barrier your options for spontaneity and independent living are hugely limited. It impacts on self-determination, self-confidence... Andy can ride to Ampleforth (see: #173446), but is reliant someone else to be able to get out of York to make that journey and to get home afterwards. Next image today: #173449

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