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MP bravely volunteers a day in a wheelchair

The MP for Hertsmere in Hertfordshire has volunteered himself to spend a day in a wheelchair so that he can really experience the challenges set by wheelchair users on some of the countries more challenging roads.

Oliver Dowden MP for Hertsmere has previously undertaken similar 'challenges' including spending the large part of a day blindfolded in his constituency so that he could experience what is was like including the hardships made worse by excessive bumps and potholes and pavement with adverse camber.

The core of the challenge is to to travel up Shenley Road, Borehamwood in a wheelchair where he will see first hand the diversity of issues that wheelchair users face when they travel everyday. The challenge was proposed by another wheelchair user named Lara Croft and has gathered a lot of support through Social Media, with many folk commenting about the difficulties of using wheelchairs,  crutches and other mobility vehicles in the area.

The areas pavements and roads are looked after Ringway on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council. SO it is thought that there will be some presence in the area in the first week of September when event is likely to happen.

There are many aspects of daily life that are made far harder for wheelchair users by inadequate thought and planning and inadequate spend. But second place only to narrow doorways and parking bays is pavements in the list of the most inconvenient daily issues faced by wheelchair users, where Uneven and rough terrain particularly with sloping surfaces make moving manual wheelchairs virtually impossible.