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Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Automatic doors 2

As Tiger notes there has been a positive rash of automated doors here there and everywhere. In the Arts building at UEA we have some sets of double doors such that the ordinary door that you push also has an electric mechanism which you can activate by bashing one of those metal pads with a wheel chair sign on it. It's placed on a nearby wall at wheel chair height. You know the sort I mean.

The implication of the wheel chair button is that the electric mechanism is to help those with disabilities to get through the door.

How many able bodied students and academics bash the wheel chair button just to go through a door?

Maybe about the same number as the number of able bodied individuals with nothing to carry who get in the lift to go up one floor.

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