This post has nothing to do with the main theme of the blog. It really is a rant. Designated parking spaces are so important to mobility impaired people. It is bad enough getting a little bit wet when there is only a short distance from the space to the door but it is really annoying getting soaked through because an able bodied person was too lazy or totally inconsiderate and decided to park where they shouldn’t. I suspect that some people think that disabled people should not be out in the rain. The same people probably have similar thoughts about night time. Personally I rarely go out in bad weather but today was an exception, thus the rant. I haven’t timed it but it takes a while to get out of the car, open the boot and set up the wheelchair and then roll into the venue. An able bodied person can make some effort at moving rapidly or put an umbrella in bad weather and reduce the effect of the wind and the rain. I have yet to see a wheelchair user hold an umbrella and still manage to propel himself forward.
I went to the gym earlier in the morning when it wasn’t so wet but the weather went downhill really fast after that. After my stint in the gym I went over to the Bons Secours to collect Jean. There was plenty of designated parking but they were all occupied. I couldn’t check to see whether the appropriate parking sticker was displayed as it was raining so heavily that I couldn’t get out of the car. We then went to Cork Airport to collect Mairead and it was still windy and raining heavily. Mairead’s flight was a small bit late but the one before that was diverted to Kerry. The airport is totally accessible with designated parking and wheelchair accessible toilets.
It is on days like today that the covered car parking in Mahon Point Shopping Centre is really appreciated.
I suspect that everyone reading this blog is fully aware of the issues and totally considerate of mobility impaired people. But if you happen to see abuse of parking spaces spare a thought for me and politely and diplomatically point it out to the transgressor.
END OF RANT