A Quick Donner Around The Toon! by Graeme Lockhart

Image of Pavement in Renfrew Street Glasgow

The Idea of woman dragging there men to the shops has certainly been one routinely occurrence that has been on its way out even since I was a boy growing up.  Maybe this is why when you grow older and when its finally your turn to accompany your wife or girlfriend to the shops, that your memory just instantly comes up with an image of your father with an agonising image painted across his face, stipulating do we have to. Or have fathers for justice been fighting the silent unwinnable fight all along in the hope of even freeing a modicum of men from this god awful task,  but of course even the most optimistic man would suggest “well at least I won’t need to take the wife out at the weekend.  As the internet has been pitted up against the savvy shopper, it seems that the simulated shopping experience is defiantly winning the battle that boosts an impressive repertoire to its continuous experience, you can buy clothes, food, bank , browse multi pull items at a seconds glance and with a flick of your mouse buy your items with having them delivered at a convenient time to suit you, it certainly does seem like a booming way of doing things that afford the ease and comfort of your own home.
So if our needs and wants as humans have not changed with what we buy and what we consume in our daily life’s.  Then why are we opting for the internet rather than going to high street shops?  Even in the face of the likely outcome as we have seen major retailers going bust and vanishing from the high street all together. 
One of the issues that I would highlight defiantly has to do with access into town!
As I took a walk in Glasgow City Centre to experience where the problem may lye, the old saying its right under your nose certainly seems to be truer than you think.  I took the perspective of being a person with a visual impairment who may also use a white cane.  Conducting my research I was concentrating my attention of the streets.  I first walked up the centre of town to see the difference which was quite significant, the centre of town has nicely symmetrical paving stones as far as the eye can see and is unbroken and maintained to a high standard, one suggestion of course is the fact that the shops pay for their own up keep so that customers can walk in with ease.
This is in contrast to what was found in the streets surrounding Renfrew Street. This street was broken in areas with large lengthy patches that continued which looked like they had been quick repair jobs leaving uneven tripping hazards at the side of the street just around from where the pavilion begins.  I also spoke with a person who was assisting a person with sight loss and my question was “how easy is it to walk around Glasgow with some of the streets was quickly met with a frustrated response as he said “well take a look at this street and other times you have to manoeuvre around wheelie bins and signs of works being in progress.
I walked a limited circumference taking account of Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew street, if this is the same on other streets then I see why choosing the internet as a preferred option maybe also one that takes account of a safety assessment first of all.  

One response to “A Quick Donner Around The Toon! by Graeme Lockhart”

  1. Annette Jolly says:

    I fell on my way to meet my daughter. The roads and pavements are so bad in the small market town that one has to try to memorise the hazards around town. On this occasion I stopped to talk to someone, loss concentration and down I went, into a pothole breaking my ankle in three places! I no longer go out unaccompanied! My doctor advised against going out without a stick as the area was so bad I coul break a hip next time. I know of at least eight sighted people who have fallen in the Main Street alone breaking bones as a result! What chance do visually impaired people have if that happens to people who can see? My friends and I have a pothole/roadwork alert system in which we alert each other to possible hazards! We’ve even walked down town with councillors,an MP and a man from the roads department pointing out just how difficult it is for us – outcome? – Nothing, there’s name money! Just wonder how much it costs the NHS to treat all the casualties as opposed to mending the pavements!

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