Making events accessible
Choosing a venue: Parking, drop-off points and cycle racks
- Can disabled parking bays be reserved?
- How far from the entrance and main room is the parking?
- Is the car park regularly checked to ensure that Blue Badge bays are kept for Blue Badge holders?
- Are the designated parking spaces of sufficient width to allow wheelchair users to get in and out of the vehicle (with sufficient space either side of the car and at the rear)?
- Do you have to reserve parking for Blue Badge holders? And if so do you need to give vehicle details to the venue?
- Are there any vehicle height restrictions?
- What is the entrance/exit process and will it be easily accessed by all?
- Is there on-street parking or are there local car parks available?
- Is the drop-off point safe from fast flowing traffic?
- Is there a time restriction on the drop-off or pick up point?
- Is there a secure place to leave a bicycle?
If there isn’t parking available, identify parking nearby.
Some people who use services travel by car because of lack of access or other difficulties using public transport. It is essential to use venues that have access/Blue Badge parking. Spaces for Blue Badge holders should be wider than standard spaces to allow people to get wheelchairs and other equipment in and out of their cars and ease of access.
Other people who use services said that for some people who were unable to hold a driving license, or who faced financial restrictions as a direct result of their impairment, use cycling as their primary form of transport. They were keen to point out that not only should there be secure parking for bicycles but that it should be available for non-standard cycles such as tricycles and tandems.
Service users made the following comments:
Some locations i.e. hotels/motels say they are disabled friendly but then don’t have parking.
Disabled parking bays need to be reserved and the venue needs to ensure they are kept clear... This also means that the extra space at the side of the car is kept clear and that bikes don’t park there. I have had to wait for bikers to return before I can get into my own car.
I have been to many car parks where you have to lean out of the window and get a ticket before you can proceed. This is impossible for me to do.