This wheelchair ramp was well designed

Out and about with a wheelchair

For one day they drove through Traunstein in wheelchairs and completed various tasks. City councilors Christa Fuchs and Karl Schulz as well as Jutta Schnell, who was dependent on a wheelchair due to an accident 15 years ago, were also there.

Equipped with several everyday tasks, we went into town early in the morning. In addition to a shopping market, town hall, train station, pharmacy and a department store, the church with cemetery and the district office were also on the plan. However, the students soon found that they were reaching their limits.

Traveling by bus and shopping was unusually difficult. On some buses the wheelchair ramp was not available and if it was, it was sometimes too short, so that it was not possible to get on and off without assistance. If you finally managed to get on the bus, the designated space for wheelchair users was far too tight.

The students also discovered business entrances with steps that are insurmountable for any wheelchair user and disabled toilets that are absolutely impractical. In addition, changing rooms suitable for disabled people were missing in a fashion store. Traunstein, with its cobblestones and the sometimes huge curbs at foot crossings, was an additional hurdle for the project participants.

But there are also positive things to report from Traunstein. The “Bavaria barrier-free 2023” program has already been implemented in many places. The students discovered shopping trolleys that are specially designed for wheelchair users and thus make shopping easier. The lifts tested were very spacious and many entrances already had a door open switch. What also struck the project participants particularly positively was the willingness of the Traunsteiner to help.

At the end of the day, the project participants exchanged their results, which the city councils diligently wrote down. According to the students, Traunstein is on the right track in terms of accessibility.