I will be really honest, before I got sick I didn’t really notice or pay attentions to ramps . I knew that the handicap parking and the lines beside it were important and obviously never to park there when you don’t have a tag too. It makes me almost sick to how oblivious I was to this stuff. I have experienced people blocking ramps and using the lines to park their vehicles.
Look at this picture above. This was just a few weeks ago. A motorcycle who had no handicap parking anything (plus you should never park in the lines by handicap parking). It was frustrating to say the least. While I don’t have to lower a ramp down to get in the van some people do that’s why it’s crucial to be respectful and aware of where you’re parking. Some people think it’s okay to park sloppy because “there’s extra room beside them”. I have a wheelchair and have to have help getting in the van. When someone parks on these lines, or doesn’t pay attention to where they parked and are crossing these lines, it makes it difficult. We have to leave the wheelchair at the end of the van and I usually hold on to the van to walk. So just think about where you park is all.
The second main problem is so many people are totally unaware they are blocking a ramp. I’m not saying it’s bad to block a ramp if your near a stop sign because that would mess up traffic. I’m talking about stores, getting help loading something in to the car. I can’t even count on my fingers how many times this has happened to me because I don’t have enough fingers to count that high. I can’t remember we were but this happened. They had that ramp and the other ramp was located really far down. They were just parked in front of this ramp with no clue we needed it. I was starting to get a little irritated but then I realized this could’ve been me before I was sick. I started realizing that people need to be aware of this and learn. It’s little things like that to pay attention to and be aware of. That little thing you do can help someone with mobility problems, or someone in a wheelchair, etc in a big way. I appreciate those who leave the ramps accessible.
I know this isn’t really talked about, but I needed to raise awareness about this not just or me but for the thousands of people who also deal with these frustrations. This maybe one of the shortest blog posts haha. Anyways if you have any questions please ask!
“Rise up take courage and do it.” – Ezra 10:4