In conversations within the disability community, it seems that problems with parking don’t take long to rise to the top of the list. Indy isn’t alone in this, and you don’t have to go far around the city and the metropolitan area to have trouble finding an accessible parking space. To add to that, when there is one marked, it may not be wide enough, and it may be taken, whether legally or illegally.
A recent story from British Columbia caught the eye of those who struggle to find a place to park. In Kelowna, a Hummer was photographed occupying more than one space, and a photo brought a retort that no one was using the space. You can read the entire story, and flood of comments, here: http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/72791/Hummer-parking-sparks-mass-outrage.
We all know this is a problem. Maybe no one else was using the space, but if someone wanted to, they couldn’t (how many times have you seen some leave a space, or for that matter, stop blocking a ramp, just because you come by?)
It was serendipity that, right after that story, I read another about BraunAbility’s “Respect Blue Spaces” campaign. As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, the company has launched an effort to educate people about the importance of designated spaces and walkways. They’ve also launched a Facebook contest. Design a catchy bumper sticker and you could win. Entries will be accepted until May 10. Fans will then be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced on May 29. If you’re interested, the entry form is at :https://www.facebook.com/braunability/app_374851305882616 and more information is at: http://www.braunability.com/abilityvoice/2012/03/respect-blue-spaces-enter-to-win/.
In recognition of this contest, I’d like present Braun’s poster and some nominees for “what were they thinking” parking spaces around Indy. Please look at the photos and use the comments nominate your favorite!