Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) has created a map of accessible routes around Hebden Bridge town centre, showing wheelchair-friendly pavements, accessible toilets, parking spaces and bus stops.
The routes give access to people with impaired vision and mobility – which is around 11% of the population.
The back of the map lists the many premises which have step-free access (a maximum 2.5cm rise for safe wheelchair use), hearing loops and accessible toilets.
Stickers on the shop window indicate that they have a portable ramp. Shopkeepers will quickly respond to a knock on the window to attract their attention.
The portable ramps enable wheelchair users, and those unable to manage steps, to access shops and are an easy and cost-effective way of tackling this barrier to people with mobility impairments.
All research and mapping has been carried out by HBDAF members and associates, who are disabled people from the Hebden Bridge area.