Limerick City and County Council encourages people to be more considerate when parking vehicles or bikes

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Ben Coughlan highlighting Make Way Day on September 26. Photo Joleen Cronin

Limerick City and County Council is encouraging everyone to be more considerate when parking vehicles or bikes, or forgetting to remove wheelie bins from Limerick streets as part of Make Way Day 2019.

Limerick City and County Council will support local disabilities groups as they hit the streets on Thursday 26 September with reminders not to: park illegally on the street, forget your bins or use illegal sandwich boards, carelessly park bikes on the street

People with disabilities have told the campaign leaders, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) these are the top three obstacles that stop them getting from A to B.

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The principal aims of Make Way Day are to: Recognise that people with disabilities have the same right to use and enjoy public spaces that we all share; Acknowledge obstacles, which people with disabilities face in their daily lives, including badly parked vehicles and bicycles, billboards, over-grown hedges and other ill-placed hazards; Understand that most obstacles are often caused by thoughtlessness and genuine lack of awareness.

On Thursday, 26 September, members of the public are being encouraged to draw attention to the challenges posed by everyday obstructions within their towns and villages.

Disability Federation Ireland are inviting the public to take pictures of obstacles encountered (parked cars on footpaths, bikes chained to railings, sandwich boards and overhanging branches) and to post pictures to social media. Include #makewayday #makewayLimerick and to tag @makewayday and @disabilityfed in the post.

Groups will be gathering at Limerick City and County Council’s offices at Merchant’s Quay on Thursday morning before setting off on selected routes recording where access is an issue.